Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios Is On For Nov. 23, in Macau

BY Michael Woods ON May 06, 2013
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Pacquiao workout 121204 001aManny Pacquiao is in a place he has never been before, since he turned professional in 1995. He is coming off back to back losses, having dropped a mega-controversial decision to Tim Bradley last June, and then a KO6 loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December.

Pacman (seen in above Chris Farina-Top Rank photo), who turns 35 in December, seeks to right the ship with a Nov. 23 scrap in Macau against rugged rumbler Brandon Rios, the Texas-born California resident who is himself coming off a loss.

Yahoo's Kevin Iole first reported the news of the Pacquiao-Rios faceoff.

Rios, age 27, lost a UD12 to Mike Alvarado in a terrific faceoff March 30; he will try to keep himself from making it two in a row at the Venetian Resort, in the "administrative region" of China, which is a gambling mecca.

Macau is 12 hours ahead of people who adhere to an Eastern Time Zone, so the bout, to be promoted by Top Rank and distributed on HBO pay-per-view, will unfold on a Sunday morning, so US watchers can feel at home watching it at night.

Promoter Bob Arum has been actively dissing what he feels are the confiscatory tax policies of the federal government in the US, and some states as well; Arum has said for months he'd like to place the next Pacman bout in a zone where the revenue wouldn't be subject to the in-his-eyes ultra-sticky fingers of the taxman. Macau would seem to fit the bill. Top Rank got a taste of the region and did a dry run on April 6, when they staged the pro debut of Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming.

I was certain that we'd see another Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight in the fall, and made no secret of my belief that Marquez' protestations that he wasn't keen on another Pacquiao tussle were mere negotiating rhetoric. But the Mexican boxer told the LA Times' Lance Pugmire that he's done fighting the Filipino, that he wants his Dec. 8, 2012 victory to remain the last image in their rivalry. So, instead of making a career best payday for a fifth fight against pacman, he will fight Pacquiao "conqueror" Timothy Bradley in September.

Readers, we want to hear from you. Do you like the Pacquiao-Rios scrap? Is Rios, a come forward banger who tends to neglect defense, tailor made for Manny, who didn't deal well with Marquez' counterpunching in his last bout? Could Rios tweak his game, tighten up the D, and propel himself with volume and grit to a win which could spell the end of Pacman's career? Weigh in!

Comment on this article

the Roast says:

Rios IS tailor made for Manny. He is the smaller man, coming up in weight. He will come right after it. Can he take the Pacman's best punch? Rios has taken some good shots over the years. Rios will bring it. I wonder what happens if or when Manny takes a bomb on the jaw. Can HE take it? Some fighters are never the same after a KO like that. Think Roy Jones Jr. First Tarver then Johnson, back to back, never the same fighter. I like the fight. Do not get up to get a beer. This one might be over quick.

Radam G says:

I don't like this bout. But Da Manny is fine. Not an ounce of the Roy Jones Jr syndrome after Roy fought Tarver and Johnson. Holla!

amayseng says:

Rios is the bigger guy.

He drys out and rehydrated heavy.

Won't matter, he'll be rushing into pacmans

destroying thunderous shots.

I hope PAC doesn't ruin him for life.

Expect a lot of fireworks with PAC knocking rios out with a furious

combination.


Then all will be asking for PAC Floyd again only to never get it.

jzzy says:

What happened to Mike Alvarado?? Rios didn't earn the shot, Mike did!!

Matthew says:

This fight has fireworks written all over it. With the number of clean punches that Rios has taken in his two fights with Alvarado in particular, I wonder if his chin might give out on him in the near future. He has never really shown much aptitude for defense, and he comes straight in. Logic would dictate that he's made to order for Pacquiao, but we don't honestly know how much Pacquiao has left at age 34 and after getting starched in his last fight. In my opinion, he started showing signs of slippage in the Margarito fight. I see Pacquiao scoring a mid rounds stoppage, but don't get up to get a beer. I wouldn't be surprised if both fighters hit the canvas in this one.

Carmine Cas says:

Perfect fight for Manny, he needs a tune up after the loss. Rios will come straight forward like all pacquiao's victims at welterweight, allowing manny to work angles. Will Manny be the same? Can Rios land a few big shots to change the fight? We shall see indeed

Radam G says:

You can sell fight fans any piece of jive, and they will buy it. Guerrero had such a great chance against 36-year-old Floyd. Now Rios has such a great chance against 34-year-old Manny. WOW! A sucka is born every second, and they stay that way every minute of their lives looking for imaginary conclusions.

Bytch-arses Big Foot and Hulkquez stayed away from this fight because they are on that syet and don't want to be tested by VADA. They rather pridefight for a mil and a half a piece. Rios has cojones and is going to get fudged up $3.5mil.

Stories of Da Manny's demise and aging are greatly exaggerated. Neither 34 or 36 are aged in boxing or anytype of sport anymore. The public need to catch up with the times that we live in. And somebody needs to tell 'em that 34 or 36 ain't what it was 50 years ago or even 20 years ago.

I know that the average Joes and some of the hos find it difficult to suck up, but athletes' bodies and minds have gone through longevity evolution. Holla!

amayseng says:

I agree Radam. All together.

36 is old if you are playing professional football

as a running back.

But not boxing, depending upon your style and the punishment

u have taken or take.

The Good Doctor says:

This is Pac vs Margarito 2. Even the same trainers.

the Roast says:

I'm not worried about Manny's age. Fighters across the board are fighting into their late 30's and early 40's all the time now. What I am worried about is seeing Pac face down and counted out in his last fight. You are only as good as your last fight. Many careers have turned for the bad or for the good off one fight. Sean O'Grady once said that the head was like a cash register. You can only stuff it with so much cash and after that it just keeps popping open. There is no way to know how Pacquiao will hold up until he gets hit.

Radam G says:

I name tons of fighters "face down and counted out" in their previousness fight. But they came RIGHT BACK in the next fight and got on TRACK. And let it do what it does. The crookie crumbles that way. And real fighters rise to fight another day. They don't care a double-fudged "Jack, the Ripper" what happened when they got KTFO and the thinking of the others!

It is like playing baseball, the homerun hitter doesn't care an ant's @$$ about people saying he is finished, because he is in a getting-stroke-out slump. Onward MARCH! And back to kicking every suppose-to-be-bad RUMP!

It's Pac TIME! It's Da Manny TIME! It's PINOY TIME! It's Asian TIME! Somebodeee oughta learn da TIME! Holla!

Raiders says:

While we always knew Mayweather would beat Guerrero he has actually had fights at 147, Rios has never fought above 140 and talking about the weight he rehydrates to is ridiculous, Rios is not a middleweight because he comes in at 160. Rios has no chance and it's pretty bad for a guy who is higher on p4p lists than Rigo and Mares.

Carmine Cas says:

Radam you're right about the age, but longevity also comes with style. Manny's style is not conducive to longevity, his neglect for defense has definitely placed a cap on his career. It's going to be interesting see how he rebounds

the Roast says:

Radam you're right about the age, but longevity also comes with style. Manny's style is not conducive to longevity, his neglect for defense has definitely placed a cap on his career. It's going to be interesting see how he rebounds


Yep. How many more fights left if Pac wins? Two, three max.

Radam G says:

I'm reminded of the "Old Mongoose" Archie Moore. He fought in 87 superhard bouts out of over 200. He got knockdown over 40 times and out seven times -- four of those seven were in the same way that Da Manny got knocked out.

@the Roast, fighters don't deteriorate from gettng knocked cold out, they waste away from wars and taking excess punches, not from the style of fighting. Besides every fighter is different. The fast-arse Manny was hit less in all his bouts than the Seberian Rocky beat the hebejeebeez outta Big Foot/the Cali Cranium Crusher.

Never listen to cyberspace agitators. They change dey syet to match dey hate. And dat's boksin' slanguage, not "broken Ebonics." Holla!

amayseng says:

Radam is correct if its in your head, if you are hesitant or careful or paranoid

your striking out all day or getting ktfo again.

Don't forget PAC was fighting a jmm who was jacked on that sh:t

and although he doesn't think it helps I surely do.

I've witnessed guys with warning track power

all of a sudden display huge gains in torque and hand speed

hitting baseballs 30' further than ever before.

Peds won't help coordination but I believe they

help quick bursts, torque and overall endurance.

Jmm all of a sudden became a one punch killer.

Rios face will look like diced meat in 4 rounds.

stormcentre says:

In any regards Pacman V Rios - while it lasts, will be entertaining.

I wonder if Rios will starting talking shyte and smack, like he did with Gamboa and Broner.

I hope so, I'd love to see a real crash and burn tear up with these two.

Rios' face, at the end, may very well look like he got it stuck in a paper shredder - provided Manny can still step around and punch.

ultimoshogun says:

I agree this will be edge of your seat action while it lasts, but everything falls into Pac's favor in this matchup. Rios' style is right up Pac's alley...Rios going into this fight after two brutal wars with Alvarado...Rios moving up a weight. I just don't give Rios much of a chance, given his lack of defense and willingness to bang against an explosive fighter like Manny. One thing I think will result from this is Manny will look spectacular and the fight with Floyd will be back on the table.

deepwater says:

I agree this will be edge of your seat action while it lasts, but everything falls into Pac's favor in this matchup. Rios' style is right up Pac's alley...Rios going into this fight after two brutal wars with Alvarado...Rios moving up a weight. I just don't give Rios much of a chance, given his lack of defense and willingness to bang against an explosive fighter like Manny. One thing I think will result from this is Manny will look spectacular and the fight with Floyd will be back on the table.

Agreed its a win win. PAC will look great knocking him out. Rios will have some nice moments and take some great shots and keep coming. Rios will make a lot of $$$ and still be near the top in the mix. I still rather see pacman fight Floyd more then anyone else.

ultimoshogun says:

Agreed its a win win. PAC will look great knocking him out. Rios will have some nice moments and take some great shots and keep coming. Rios will make a lot of $$$ and still be near the top in the mix. I still rather see pacman fight Floyd more then anyone else.


Same here, as far as a mega fight, I'd rather see Floyd vs Manny over Floyd vs Canelo....It would be the more competitive fight at this point.

kidcanvas says:

made to order for manny, rios will get KTFO !

stormcentre says:

Yes agreed. If Pacquiao is not changed from being KTFO by JMM's riod raging right hand, then this should be; knife fight - meet machine gun.

Rios with his mouth, face and body forming the 1st and only line of true defence he has; will be absolutely beautiful for Pacman.

Not in the least as - just in case Rios doesn't offer enough of an easy target - the fact that he simply wont let himself not throw punches in anger; means there will rarely be a time when Rios wont at least seem like he can't be hit.

It will interesting to see how Rios handles being smacked around like some pusher's ho that hasn't earned her keep.

But will Rios talk smack before they meet. If he doesn't you know that he worried about that azz getting owned and being held accountable for his mouth.

Radam G says:

Bam Bam Rios was going to handle it by hiring roids-and-PEDs peddling (fallen) Angel Heredia. But now since Team Pacquiao and da BobFather has paid BIG bucks to VADA to test for syet dat made Marquez into Hulkquez, Rios is having second thoughts about wasting his money on Heredia, because VADA would catch dat syet all up in Bam Bam's arse and membranes.

Hulkquez was dirty ____ _____! And the fallen angel knows it. And VADA, he cannot get that syet. See VADA got a female CEO/head testers who -- is in everything righteous and a good way -- is one superbad BYTCH! Holla!

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