"Pacquiao Might End Up Getting Roughed Up, Stopped Again"

BY Michael Woods ON August 08, 2013
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Pacquiao Rios NY PC 130806 006aIf Manny Pacquiao uses his speed, and gets those angles on Brandon Rios, he can get the W on Nov. 23. But if he decides to be 2009-and-prior Pacman, and look to over-impress the haters, he could be in for his third straight loss.

So says slick boxer Sergio Mora (24-3-2 with 7 KOs), the ex champ and current contender who just signed on with Lou Dibella, and is looking to secure a meaningful fight in the near future.

I chatted with "The Latin Snake" on Thursday and picked his brain about the Pacquiao comeback bout. "I think Pacquiao is going to be eager to have a solid win," the 32-year-old Los Angeles resident told me. "If he boxes with speed and angles he can win a solid decision." But, Mora cautioned, if Manny tries to be overwhelming, and "look for a sensational KO, he might end up getting roughed up and stopped again."

Whoa...Lot of folks out there think that Rios, coming up from 140, won't have the pop to pull a Marquez, and put Manny night-night. But Mora, who looked solid beating 29-2 Grzegorz Proksa on June 28 in Florida (UD10), obviously thinks Rios has the zip to do the job, if Manny (seen above, in Chris Farina-Top Rank photo)plays into his game.

Mora talked about something we will debate right up until fight night: the Pacquiao psyche. Will Marquez' Taser blast right hand, his smelling salts special, leave a skidmark on Manny's mind? Does he believe that he's still the total package or does he wonder if he's tainted goods? Mora weighed in...

"It's very difficult, almost impossible, for fighters to come back after getting kayoed," the ex junior middle champ Mora said. "They either get gun-shy or totally lose all confidence in their ability and get old overnight. Rios is young, hungry and strong, but kind of dumb," he said, candidly. "He's tough as nails, but at elite levels, tough is not enough."

So, Snake, hazard an educated guess. Who wins in Macao on Nov. 23? Does Pacman break his two-fight losing streak, or does Rios pull the mega-upset and send Manny to the political arena, full-time?

Mora didn't slither away from making a call. "Pacquiao by decision," he said.

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riverside says:

Sergio Mora knows nothing about boxing! Rios is getting ko'd inside six rounds...

Radam G says:

The devil might pull me down into hell tomorrow, and I will pi$$ in his eyes, take his pitch folk and stick it in his arse. Then I will pi$$ out his furnace, pour some cold water down his throat and slap the syet outta him and talk about why he has no momma. Cause the devil is a fudging tree snake. Mora is ______ snake. He ought to go jump into the lake. In boxing he will get no more cookie and cake. Signing him was mistake. All the dude can do now is shake but not bake.

He's a struggling bum looking for attention. Holla!

leon30001 says:

The devil might pull me down into hell tomorrow, and I will pi$$ in his eyes, take his pitch folk and stick it in his arse. Then I will pi$$ out his furnace, pour some cold water down his throat and slap the syet outta him and talk about why he has no momma. Cause the devil is a fudging tree snake


That was pretty funny...b***h-slapping the devil, in his own backyard..."lol", as "Editor Mike" would say.

amayseng says:

Mora probably thinks his style is exciting and he himself is a power puncher, meaning he's delusional.

Angles smangles, PAC can stand still and will still destroy rios handily.

Come on now Bora, I mean Mora.

Carmine Cas says:

Manny will beat down Rios, especially if he has the space to work in and out.

Radam G says:

Mora probably thinks his style is exciting and he himself is a power puncher, meaning he's delusional.

Angles smangles, PAC can stand still and will still destroy rios handily.

Come on now Bora, I mean Mora.

Good one, A-Seng! Dat jive "Latin Snake" has been on the downslide so badly that he thinks he is in Tora Bora! Hehehe! Holla!

brownsugar says:

Rios is rugged and has the potential to "be in the fight" but let's be serious...if Rios was fighting someone like Mayweather we wouldn't even be having this conversation.....The bottom line is Rios is tailormade for Pacman. Plus he's durable enough to keep it interesting... if Paq doesn't spend too much time playing around on the ropes..he'll be fine.

amayseng says:

Rios is rugged and has the potential to "be in the fight" but let's be serious...if Rios was fighting someone like Mayweather we wouldn't even be having this conversation.....The bottom line is Rios is tailormade for Pacman. Plus he's durable enough to keep it interesting... if Paq doesn't spend too much time playing around on the ropes..he'll be fine.


Exactly as long as PAC is usin his momentum with his shots he'll get Rios out of there.

If he he lays back on the ropes it'll be a bad idea.
Rios is a good very good thudding puncher. But he isn't a sharp or hard hitter.

Floyd wouldn't knock him out but easily out point him.

PAC destroys him due to his deveststing power and zip with his sharp chopping shots.

Spinach Chin says:

This is a 50-50 fight. Rios has rocks in his head..but also in his chin and both fists, and is naturally bigger. Could be a changing of the guard if Manny's punch resistance has slipped.

dino da vinci says:

He's not getting roughed up and he's certainly in no danger of getting stopped. He happens to be an all-time great (so few of them still active) in decline. I'd take Pac at 70% over others at 100%. Let's listen in on Pacquiao's opponent several fights from now. Let's call him Kid X as I don't have time right now to try to come up with anything more clever.

Kid X: (Vogueing in front of the mirror). Yep, this is my time. It's my time I tell you. It's Myyyy tyyyymeeee!
D da V: Good luck with tonight's fight. May God be with both of you.
Kid X: I don't need none of that 'cause you know why?
D da V: (pause) 'Cause it's your time?
Kid X: (Eyes expressive and big, with requisite grin) 'Cause it's Myyyyyy Tyyyyyymmmmeeee!
D da V: Well whatever. Don't hurt Manny too too bad. He's getting to be an old man ya know...
Kid X: Yes indeedie! He is old and I am young! It's no longer his time, because...?
D da V: Umm, it's your time.
Kid X: And who am I?
Me: you, er, the Kid.
Kid X: More precise.
Me: you, Kid X.
Kid X: Morer precise:
Me: Um, I'm really not very good at these type of things...
Kid X: I'm the guy whose TYME it is.
Me: Again, Good Luck. Bye.

But they never let you completely leave...

X: D!
Me: (turning back in the direction of the dressing room) Hmph, yes?
X: you probably didn't know this, but you can bet on me right here in this very building.
Me: Good to know!
X: D,why should I be the only one smiling at the end of the night. A few bucks on me getcha closer to where you need to be.
Me: Great advice. Good to know. Gotta run.
X: You're going the wrong way. Sportsbook's the other direction. Wha, you feel funny about betting on a fight?
Me: No, no, I mean yes of course, I have bet on fights. Many times. Actually.
X: So why should tonight be any different? Don't worry, you won't jinx me.
Me: Yes, I don't suspect I could.
X: So tell me, you betting me by first or second round knock out? Tell me now so I know if I have to carry him for a round. Heh heh heh.
Me: Really, Fighter X, you should be concentrating on Manny...
X: Kid X
Me: Sorry?
X: You called me Fighter X. It's Kid X. Manny's shot and it's my time. My Tyme. Those two factors don't bode well for Manny the Spanny.
Me: OK good, already bought the ticket, right here...pat, pat...going to go find my seat.
X: Show me! I don't believe you. Liar, liar, pants...
Me: Yeah, yeah, I know the rhyme.
X: (standing like he would had he been checking tickets at a movie cinema) Yeees, date is correct, I'm handsome, that's a really great photo of me, yes, WOW, how many zeros is that? You're not bashful when you have an opinion, now are you? Well, I hope to rewar....WAITACOTTONPICKENMINUTE!!!!!! You bet Manny? Over me? When you knew it's my Tyme?
Me: Well, yes, yes and no I didn't know it was your time because I'm deeply entrenched in reality, which can be a problem sometimes, and less of a problem at others, like now for example. Of course, i only met you ten minutes ago. Now had I met you two months ago, it might have been different.
X: Really?
Me: Uh, no, not really. But really X, I hope you shine tonight.
X: It's evident the foolish Italian man knows nothing of the sport of boxing. Good bye, know nothing Italian man.

POST FIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE

Reporter: Manny, you blasted him with twice the dynamite you terminated Ricky 'Hitman' Hatton with, and in half the time. There was no feeling out round, how did you know he would be so hittable? (Like you,good reader, Irish this would end already, but Radam likes these. Also, I wish you could here my Manny Pacquiao impression inside my head. Oh, we'll).

PAC: Because of the long layoff, Fredeee wanted me to get plenty rounds in. But then Keed X came out and call me a bad name, that when I was a boy I said someday I grow big and strong and enneebody call me Manny the Spanny will pay dearly for it. Next question from over dare...

The Good Doctor says:

Exactly as long as PAC is usin his momentum with his shots he'll get Rios out of there.

If he he lays back on the ropes it'll be a bad idea.
Rios is a good very good thudding puncher. But he isn't a sharp or hard hitter.

Floyd wouldn't knock him out but easily out point him.

PAC destroys him due to his deveststing power and zip with his sharp chopping shots.



I thought it was just me but I glad to know that I am not alone in this thought. I have been hearing a lot of talk about how hard Rios hits. I watched the last two romps with Alvarado and he can punch but I do not see this hard hitting power that a lot of people talk about.

Radam G says:

Bam Bam Rios is good at the magic of optical illusions. He grunts and throws and/or swings his punches picture-taking hard, so those fanfaronades who don't know how the magic is done, believe the optical illusions are legit when they could not bust a grape.

Bam Bam has been mad mentally tough and rough, and made opponents bytch out from fright. With Da Manny, he is in a fight. A losing one. But Bam Bam is going to get mad pay. And for an arse thrashing, that is okay. Holla!

Radam G says:

Nice one, ddv! Funny as heck! But nice! Holla!

amayseng says:

I thought it was just me but I glad to know that I am not alone in this thought. I have been hearing a lot of talk about how hard Rios hits. I watched the last two romps with Alvarado and he can punch but I do not see this hard hitting power that a lot of people talk about.


Yep I've said it for months Rios is a thudding puncher. A good hat thudding puncher but he needs to hit you with volume shots that add up and wear you down. He thuds he does not snap.
If you've been in the ring you can feel the difference in shots from one guy to the next.
Floyd is a razor sharp puncher, not a knockout hitter but sharp and hurtful enough to keep you at bay and bust u up.
Shane is a dynamic hitter. He can land one shot to daze you and follow up and get you out in an instant.
Tyson was a one punch killer.
Jmm is a sharp and controlled hitter who with good combinations can daze u and get u out, after the PEDS he was a one shot killer. Look at the first PAC knockdown it was thro pacs guard and he anticipated the shot. The force was just so massive. And new.
Berto is a flashy puncher, more sting than kill with speed on his punches.
Mora has no power.
Paulie same thing, quick with no snap or power. He doesn't hit thro his target due to hand issues.
PAC is a one punch killer.
Cotto is a banger.
Judah is a sharp swift puncher. Good power all around.
Once again rios a thudding puncher. Meh won't buzz or hurt PAC with single shots unless something is really wrong from the concussion last nov.

Bernie Campbell says:

All of this rhetoric is irrelevant! The promotion, the hype! Bottom line is some one put a muzzle on Mannys God given right to speak up against Gay Marriage! Why the fuh would some body want to do that? The Champ is in the house!

dino da vinci says:

All of this rhetoric is irrelevant! The promotion, the hype! Bottom line is some one put a muzzle on Mannys God given right to speak up against Gay Marriage! Why the fuh would some body want to do that? The Champ is in the house!


You sought of lost me there Bernie, and I reread it three times. Yes to gay marriage? No to gay marriage? Or just Manny shouldn't have an opinion?

brownsugar says:

He's not getting roughed up and he's certainly in no danger of getting stopped. He happens to be an all-time great (so few of them still active) in decline. I'd take Pac at 70% over others at 100%. Let's listen in on Pacquiao's opponent several fights from now. Let's call him Kid X as I don't have time right now to try to come up with anything more clever.

Kid X: (Vogueing in front of the mirror). Yep, this is my time. It's my time I tell you. It's Myyyy tyyyymeeee!
D da V: Good luck with tonight's fight. May God be with both of you.
Kid X: I don't need none of that 'cause you know why?
D da V: (pause) 'Cause it's your time?
Kid X: (Eyes expressive and big, with requisite grin) 'Cause it's Myyyyyy Tyyyyyymmmmeeee!
D da V: Well whatever. Don't hurt Manny too too badly. He's getting to be an old man ya know...
Kid X: Yes indeedie! He is old and I am young! It's no longer his time, because...?
D da V: Umm, it's your time.
Kid X: And who am I?
Me: you, er, the Kid.
Kid X: More precise.
Me: you, Kid X.
Kid X: Morer precise:
Me: Um, I'm really not very good at these types of things...
Kid X: I'm the guy whose TYME it is.
Me: Again, Good Luck. Bye.

But they never let you completely leave...

X: D!
Me: (turning back in the direction of the dressing room) Hmph, yes?
X: you probably didn't know this, but you can bet on me right here in this very building.
Me: Good to know!
X: D,why should I be the only one smiling at the end of the night. A few bucks on me getcha closer to where you need to be.
Me: Great advice. Good to know. Gotta run.
X: You're going the wrong way. Sportsbook's the other direction. Wha, you feel funny about betting on a fight?
Me: No, no, I mean yes of course, I have bet on fights. Many times. Actually.
X: So why should tonight be any different? Don't worry, you won't jinx me.
Me: Yes, I don't suspect I could.
X: So tell me, you betting me by first or second round knock out? Tell me now so I know if I have to carry him for a round. Heh heh heh.
Me: Really, Fighter X, you should be concentrating on Manny...
X: Kid X
Me: Sorry?
X: You called me Fighter X. It's Kid X. Manny's shot and it's my time. My Tyme. Those two factors don't bode well for Manny the Spanny.
Me: OK good, already bought the ticket, right here...pat, pat...going to go find my seat.
X: Show me! I don't believe you. Liar, liar, pants...
Me: Yeah, yeah, I know the rhyme.
X: (standing like he would had he been checking tickets at a movie cinema) Yeees, date is correct, I'm handsome, that's a really great photo of me, yes, WOW, how many zeros is that? You're not bashful when you have an opinion, now are you? Well, I hope to rewar....WAITACOTTONPICKENMINUTE!!!!!! You bet Manny? Over me? When you knew it's my Tyme?
Me: Well, yes, yes and no I didn't know it was your time because I'm deeply entrenched in reality, which can be a problem sometimes, and less of a problem at others, like now for example. Of course, I only met you ten minutes ago. Now had I met you two months ago, it might have been different.
X: Really?
Me: Uh, no, not really. But really X, I hope you shine tonight. Hey, and right before the fight starts, don't be afraid to call him that Spanny thing. It'll show him you believe you're superior to him and he'll respect that.
X: It's evident the foolish Italian man knows nothing of the sport of boxing. Good bye, know nothing Italian man.

POST FIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE

Reporter: Manny, you blasted him with twice the dynamite you terminated Ricky 'Hitman' Hatton with, and in half the time. There was no feeling out round, how did you know he would be so hittable? (Like you,good reader, I wish this would end already, but Radam likes these. Also, I wish you could here my Manny Pacquiao impression inside my head. Oh, well).

PAC: Because of the long layoff, Fredeee wanted me to get plenty rounds in. But then Keed X came out and call me a bad name, that when I was a boy I said someday I grow big and strong and enneebody call me Manny the Spanny will pay dearly for it. Next question from over dare...



Lol... is this part of your Vegas act? ... now I know what you do in Nevada.

brownsugar says:

All of this rhetoric is irrelevant! The promotion, the hype! Bottom line is some one put a muzzle on Mannys God given right to speak up against Gay Marriage! Why the fuh would some body want to do that? The Champ is in the house!


Wow Bernie...
Just one chromosome away from sheer genius.

Radam G says:

Da Manny doesn't give a pretty penny about who marries who! Don't worry about the gays, B-Camp! They ain't marrying you. And they will never put you on a stamp. Hehehehe! You are not "Thou brother's keeper." We will all be eventually gotten by the grim reaper! Hating people just makes your own life cheaper. Live RICH! Don't hate on the gays like a scorn bytch. Hahaha!

YUP! I know! I talk too much sh...! "God Made me that way!" You know the song. Holla!

dino da vinci says:

@Brown. I refer to these as Radam Specials. He gets a kick out of when, to hear him tell it, 'I talk to myself'. Problem is, I type them quick, and later say, I should of said this, or gone in a different direction. The few times I said, I have one I think can be entertaining, I'll give it some love, never get posted do to time restraints in my life.

brownsugar says:

@Brown. I refer to these as Radam Specials. He gets a kick out of when, to hear him tell it, 'I talk to myself'. Problem is, I type them quick, and later say, I should of said this, or gone in a different direction. The few times I said, I have one I think can be entertaining, I'll give it some love, never get posted do to time restraints in my life.


Nice improv

Bernie Campbell says:

You guys must have indulged a tad in your own spheres to be advocates! Look up Boxing News 24, Manny Pacquiao Gay Marriage! Its in the archives! You cant run and you cant hide! Manny Pacquiao! The Peoples Champ! The champ is in the House!

Radam G says:

And the champ is not hiding in the hole of the mouse. Hehehe! Holla!

TotoyBato says:

Pacquiao Might End Up Getting Roughed Up, Stopped = Situation where Manny Pacquaio Shines.

Real Talk says:

Lopsided brutalizing mutilation of the young Rios who being led to the slaughter. This will be Pacquiao vs. Diaz all over again. Dueces

Carmine Cas says:

Rios is rugged and has the potential to "be in the fight" but let's be serious...if Rios was fighting someone like Mayweather we wouldn't even be having this conversation.....The bottom line is Rios is tailormade for Pacman. Plus he's durable enough to keep it interesting... if Paq doesn't spend too much time playing around on the ropes..he'll be fine.


Good point, he is rugged enough to take a beating a keep coming forward for a good amount of time to keep it entertaining

kidcanvas says:

mike woods, lay off the hooch ..... rios style is begging to be ko'd by pacquiao

The Good Doctor says:

Good point, he is rugged enough to take a beating a keep coming forward for a good amount of time to keep it entertaining


I don't completely disagree but I don't know if he is sticking around for a full fight unless we get a Lawrence Cole type referee. Alvarado wobbled Rios several times in both fights and Alvarado is not bringing near the heat that Pac does nor bring the frequency or angle of punch that Pac does. If Pac is at least a shell of his former self, I can see this thing stopped is less than 8, maybe by KO.

amayseng says:

PAC by 4th round knocked the F out.
That's how this one will go down. If Floyd was fighting rios it would be 12-0 easy pot shot and move.
PAC however is fighting rios and its gonna be 4 and 5 punch combinations with hooks being ripped and chopped around rios static head movement and guard.
Rios toughness may have him ending up with shakes and quivers the rest if his life like he mad fun of another man with such a condition.
Karma ain't fun.

stormcentre says:

Rios will be flogged if Pacquiao is not gun-shy and psychologically affected by Marquez.

This is the first time (for Brandon) someone can match Rios’ speed (not that it is spectacular) whilst also blowing him out in the power, stamina and combinations department.

If Pacman can handle some of the welterweight power he has easily handled and still blow guys out; he should – even in a comeback fight – be able to manage Rios; who is really a light welterweight.

I’m not even going to get into the facts surrounding Rios’ one dimensionality; that will for all intensive purposes probably not know what to do with Manny’s angles and feints.

Still, Bam-Bam gets a big payday.

Radam G says:

Da Manny is not gun shy because of the lotto shot of Hulkquez. Bam Bam will get slam slam and thank-you ma'am! Holla!

stormcentre says:

If Pacquaio was too much for Margarito, Hatton and (a depleted) Cotto; imagine what he will be for Rios - whose ability to change it up and implement (let alone think of) a plan “B”; is probably best summed up by the variation of spiteful punching that exists between war and hate.

I always thought Rios was actually lucky that Gamboa never fought him – for whatever reason.

I think Rios knows why he’s there, and halfway through the fight when he starts to swat flies and eat serious leather; his confidence will, understandably, start to fade a little.

We know what will happen then.

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