Rios with newly crowned WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire.  (Tom Casino)

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 23, 2011) – As Miguel Acosta and Brandon Rios met with media members for a light workout on Wednesday, newly crowned WBC/WBO bantamweight champion and Top Rank-promoted fighter Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire stopped by the Top Rank Gym, laughing and joking with the fighters and the media and even playfully snatched award-winning SHOWTIME photographer Tom Casino’s camera to take a couple of action shots of his own.

The WBA’s No. 1 lightweight contender Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) will fight for his first world title belt on the year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast Saturday, Feb. 26, LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) when he faces current WBA lightweight champion Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) in the 12-round main event. In the co-feature, talented Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) will do battle. The Rios-Acosta fight will take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and the DeMarco-Sanchez affair will originate from the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Neb.

Said Rios: “Yeah, this fight is a lot of pressure but I think you're going to see me putting on the pressure and you're going to see Acosta running.”

Added Acosta: “This is without a doubt the biggest fight of my career. The (Urbano) Antillon fight was big but this is the biggest opportunity in my career. Rios is a strong guy and dangerous. To fight him in Vegas is huge.”

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-Radam G :

Like a goose, da kid is loose. He'll will probably beat Acosta like riding a moose. :cool:Holla!

-brownsugar :

I love watching artists and ring geniuses like Mayweather,.. but there's always a place in my heart for the really gifted pressure fighters (actually Pac fits into that mold),and the young Baby Bull (Juan Diaz) was a treat to watch,.. my only concern is Rio coming into the ring all dried out. He was 155lbs on the night he fought Peterson... That's 20lbs overnight and it has to be mostly water. Athletes can only go to the well so many times before they're forced to move up to the next weight class. and unless I'm mistaken Rios fought over the 135 weight limit in his last fight. Hate to see a fighter lose the fight on the scales.

-#1 PacFan :

I'm really looking forward to how the careers of Brandon Rios and Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta will play out in a year or two. I think these two are headed into a collision course. If so I think it will be a great fight.