hings at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, didn't go the way Mark Magsayo imagined as he lost his WBC featherweight title to Rey Vargas. 

In 2003, Manny Pacquiao scored one of the most memorable wins of his career against Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. On July 9, 19 years after that boxing bout,

 Mark Magsayo tried to follow in his idol's footsteps at the same location against Rey Vargas.

Unfortunately for Magsayo, Pacquiao's magic and good fortune didn't follow him into the Alamodome.

Vargas out-boxed Magsayo over 12 rounds to win the split decision and hand Magsayo his first loss while taking his WBC featherweight title. 

It was an entertaining and competitive contest, but Vargas was the better man.

The former 122-pound champion used his height and reach advantages to outbox Magsayo and take the Filipino’s 126-pound title by a split decision Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The 5-foot-10½ Vargas (36-0, 22 KOs) used long, hard punches as a barrier that the 5-6 Magsayo (24-1, 16 KOs) found impossible to penetrate, at least with enough consistency to win the fight.

Magsayo, a hard puncher, fared somewhat better in the second half of the fight and was able to put Vargas down in Round 9. However, it wasn’t enough to win over all three judges.

Two of them had the Mexican winning 115-112, while the third scored it 114-113 for Magsayo. Boxing Junkie had it 116-111 for Vargas, nine rounds to three.