Pacquiao vs Rios is going down in Macau in just over a month and everyone wants to see the great Manny Pacquiao back in action. For Manny, this is his chance to show the world that he is still one of the best boxers in the world. Brandon Rios is fighting Manny Pacquiao and this is his chance to make a name for himself. Which one will leave China victorious?
Pacquiao vs Rios: Redemption
The world was shocked when Manny Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manual Marquez. Not many people thought that would happen, but it did. What was worse for Manny was that he lost that fight after losing to Tim Bradley. In what many people consider to be one of the worst fixes in boxing history, Tim Bradley took a majority decision despite having been outscored in nearly every round. It has been a tough couple of years for Pacquiao but he is ready to get back in the limelight, and it all begins with the fight in Macau vs Brandon Rios. This is one of the reasons so many people want to see Pacquiao vs Rios, because it is a redemption fight of sorts for Pacman.
The Boxers: Pacquiao and Rios
||Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
Ang Pambansang Kamao (The Nation’s Fist),
Fighting Pride of the Philippines,
Pambansang Ninong (National Godfather),
The Fighting Congressman
||5 ft 6 1⁄2 in (1.69 m)
||67 in (170 cm)
||December 17, 1978 (age 34)
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
|Wins by KO
||Brandon Lee Ríos
||Lightweight (135 lb)
Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
||70 in (178 cm)
||April 29, 1986 (age 27)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
|Wins by KO
A Fight For The Fans
This fight will truly be special. Manny Pacquiao’s quickness and power combined with Brandon Rios’s toughness should make for a great fight. See Pacquiao’s return to the ring in China of all places for the first time. This will be an event of massive proportions shared by boxing enthusiasts worldwide. See Pacquiao vs Rios and watch the next chapter get written.
In what was certainly great promotion for the Pacquiao vs Rios fight this weekend, there was an altercation that took place between Pacquiao’s camp and Rios’s camp. The big story started when Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s long time trainer, started arguing with Robert Garcia about who’s turn it was to use the gym. When the two started exchanging words, Alex Ariza, the man Roach fired, got involved in the argument. When Ariza told Roach to get out of there, Roach told himi to make him and Ariza kicked the coach, who has Parkinson’s disease. After that everyone in the gym went crazy. This has spiced up the fight and definitely increased public interest.
Roach and Ariza Fighting Before Pacquiao vs Rios Get To
Everyone knew that Alex Ariza and Freddie Roach did not like each other. They have both been vocal about that in the past. Nobody ever expected it to get to this level. When Alex Ariza kicked Roach he crossed that line. Then Roach called one of their entourage a “stupid mexican”. He also insulted Jewish reporter of ES News Elie Seckbach, by saying get the “Jew Mfer” out of here. Roach went on a rampage, perhaps because he felt attacked by Rios’s party or perhaps because he felt that way, but it happened. It was a classless incident, but like it or not it was great promotion for the Pacquiao vs Rios fight coming up this weekend.
Pacquiao Looking For Revenge For Treatment of His Trainer
When Freddie Roach got attacked, Ariza and the Rios camp may not have realized, but they may have signed Rios destiny. According to ESPN, Freddie Roach showed the video of what happened to Manny Pacquiao later on Thursday and according to Roach, Pacquiao said “Are those the people that insulted you?” and Roach said “yes”, so Manny said “Ok” and walked out of the room. As if Manny needed any more reason to be pumped for this fight. He dedicated this fight to his people from the Typhoon, he lost his last two fights and suffered a brutal knockout in his last one, and now this. Manny is likely more pumped for this fight than he has been for any fight in the last decade and for a fighter of Rios’s style, it may be a very, very rough night. Not many boxers out there would want to be Rios on Saturday. Perhaps they want the big payday for this monumental sporting event, but they definitely don’t want the ass-whooping he is a bout be given. The Pacquiao vs Rios fight has picked up more momentum than
Pacquiao vs Rios Weigh Ins Live
Tommorow at 6:30 PM eastern the live weigh ins will take place in Macau. The two fighters will step on the scale and stare each other down face to face. It will definitely be a heated weigh in especially after all the recent controversy. Robert Garcia, Alex Ariza and Freddie Roach will all have to look at each other. What will be nice to see is the face to face staredown between Pacquiao and Rios. Both fighters are surely tense after the incident this week and things may get physical. Pacquiao vs Rios is shaping up to be one hell of a card after all!
The Pacquiao vs Rios fight is here in under a week and although the fight has not taken place yet, Manny has been going through a fight of his own while training. The people of his country have been hit with a Typhoon like none other and it has devastated the country. Manny is doing his best to stay concentrated on the task at hand and the fight he has coming up but it is hard when he hears his people suffering. The first two episodes of HBO’s 24/7 series aired and in the most recent second episode, we see a better look into what’s going on. The first episode talks more about the past fights of Pacquiao and Rios and how they got to meet, but the second episode shows all the carnage that took place before the fight scheduled for next week.
Pacquiao vs Rios Episode One Recap
Episode one of 24/7 is very much a recap of the last year and a bit of Pacquiao and Rios’s life. Rios was undefeated and he had the toughest fight of his career vs Mike Alvarado. After beating Alvarado, Rios then had a rematch with him, which he lost by decision. This was the first loss of his career and was not a good feeling for young Rios, but then it was announced that he would be fighting Manny Pacquioa, something that is the biggest event of the young fighters life. Now he has the biggest opportunity in the world to make a name for himself.
For Manny Pacquiao it has been a strange year, one filled with upsets and shocking moments. First he loses a bout to Bradley, one that many people thought he won, then, shockingly, in his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez, he gets knocked out cold! Nobody saw that coming and now the Pacquiao vs Rios fight is very much a comeback bout for Manny who intends to regain the confidence of the fans.
Pacquiao vs Rios Episode Two Recap
A naturally disaster is impossible to predict, and when the biggest Typhoon ever hit the Philippines there was no way to prepare for it. For Manny, the place he was training in his home country, General Santos City, was not hit and his training has not been affected. Freddie Roach is training with Pacquiao in the Philippines due to how close it is to China, so Pacquiao will have an advantage in that sense because he doesn’t have to travel far to get to China on fight night. The first thing that Freddie Roach did when he arrived to train with Pacquiao was that he had to assess the fighters condition, and he quickly determined that Manny is ready to go! Brandon Rios is also training harder than ever at his gym with trainer Robert Garcia. His gym is also the gym for Marcos Maidana and Nonito Donaire, so there is no shortage of talent there. This fight will be something special and Pacquiao vs Rios will be watched worldwide, in many different ways. Pacquiao has dedicated this fight to the people of his country, so we know he will have an extra something in him that night.
Rios Says He Wants To Retire Pacquiao
Perhaps it is just promotion for the fight but Brandon Rios has gone on record and said that he intends on retiring Manny Pacquiao in their upcoming clash in Macau. Whether or not he will even be able to hit him remains to be sen but at least Rios is going in there with high hopes. The young American fighter is about to enter the biggest fight of his career in which many people are calling him an underdog and a tailor made victim of Pacquiao. Only the two fighters involved will be able to control what happens in this fight, so be sure to tune in to Pacquiao vs Rios and see what takes place!
The Pacquiao vs Rios fight is almost here and there are already signs that mother nature is trying to interfere with the plans. One of the largest storms ever has hit the Philippines and affected the live of millions of people. The destructive typhoon hit the main part of the country on Friday however luckily it will not affect Manny Pacquiao’s camp and will not force him to train elsewhere. It is nearing the ned of Pacquiao’s camp and although the storm definitely serves as a distraction, it will not change Manny’s thinking or training. It is business as usual for Rios and his camp training in the USA and he is ready to go to China and start fighting today.
Typhoon hits Philippines, Pacquiao camp Not Affected
At first when it was announced that one of the biggest storms ever recorded hit the Philippines, many people thought that it would be possibly affect the Pacquiao vs Rios fight or at the very minimum the fighters training camp. It has been well covered that Manny is holding his training camp in his home country in preparation for the fight in Macau because of the proximity, however luckily for him the area he is training in has not been affected at all. The Pacquiao camp is in General Santos City which is south of where the storm hit and nothing has changed there. Pacquiao is however a civil servant so his people being hit by such a storm definitely affects him mentality to some capacity. 25 out of 98 million people in the country will be affected in this devastating storm.
Pacquiao and Rios, Joking Around on ESPN
When Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios stepped onto the set of First Take with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, the talk was all about the Pacquiao vs Rios fight, and a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather. Smith is definitely a Mayweather fan and he was playing around with Pacquiao a bit, all in the meanwhile nearly ignoring Rios’s chances of winning the fight. Many people are counting Rios out of this one before it begins which could be a big mistake because Rios is definitely no pushover. Check out the outtakes of the filming of the segment and see how the fighters were on set during filming.
Has Manny Healed From Devastating KO?
There are many people who wonder if Manny has been able to recover from the vicious knockout loss he suffered at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in his last fight. Many fighters never recover from knockout losses that are that bad because they can be traumatizing and embarrassing. It seems that in all his interviews and pre fight talks Manny has put the loss behind him and he is ready to move forward. In many people’s opinions, Manny has nothing to be ashamed about from his performances. He beat Bradley in reality and the lucky punch that Marquez landed was just that, luck. Marquez was losing the fight and getting a beating from Manny. Also, in his next performance Marquez looked sluggish which would cause some to believe that perhaps performance enhancing drugs were involved. Speculation is speculation but Pacquiao vs Rios will take place in a couple weeks and it will be an incredible fight so enjoy!
With Pacquiao vs Rios only weeks away, it is a good time to reflect on both of these champions carer and see what they have already accomplished in life. Pacquiao has had many notable wins in the sport against big name fighters like De La Hoya, Cotto and Mosley. Rios was 31-0 before losing his last fight to Mike Alvarado in what was a shocker. Both Fighters have phenomenal highlight reals so check out the videos below to see what these two guys have done.
Brandon Rios Greatest Hits
Brandon Rios has always been known for his fan friendly approach of always moving forward in his fights. He is the type of fighter to keep coming forward even after just being hit. He also possesses some nasty uppercuts and body shots, which he uses frequently in his fights. Rios has lost one pro fight and that was his last in a very narrow loss to Alvarada, a man he knocked out previously. Rios will want to come back stronger than ever before so he must be sure to train harder than ever in order to prepare for the lightning fast Pacquiao. The Pacquiao vs Rios fight is being held in Macau and both these guys will be fighting in front of a worldwide audience.
Manny Pacquiao Greatest Hits
Manny Pacquiao has had some incredible fights and some are even amongst the greatest of all time. Manny Pacquiao is one of history’s most popular fighters and ever since his early wins against Barrera and Morales he became an instant fan favorite. Pacquiao emerged as a superstar early and the world started following him closely. He has a rare combination of speed and power and this has caused him to be very successful in the sport of boxing as well amongst the fans. The Pacquiao vs Rios live stream which is taking place on November 24th has fans going crazy because they feel that finally Manny will be coming into this fight well prepared and with the intention of not leving it up to the judges. Manny has brought us some of the best fights ever and one of the best rivalries ever with Marquez, so all signs are pointing to Pacquiao vs Rios being special too. Check out some of Manny Pacquiao’s career highlights.
Pacquiao vs Rios Start Time
The big fight which takes place at 10AM in China will be aired at normal Pay Per View hours in North America. The Event will start at 9PM on Saturday November 23rd so the American public will not feel the delay. It will however be unusual for the fighters though, as they will be fighting in China and have to fight in the morning. For Pacquiao it won’t be as bad as Rios. Rios will have to fly from the United States while Pacquiao his having his training camp in the Philippines, which is just a few short hours from China so Manny will be in tip top shape for the fight. It is a smart game plan for a fighter that needs this win desperately. Will he be able to take out Rios who seems to always come forward? That remains to be the question so fans will have to wait for Pacquiao vs Rios to find out.
Max Kellerman is at it again with the latest edition of Pacquiao vs Rios face off, which will air to the public on HBO on November 9th. The preview was recently added to HBO Sports’s YouTube channel and there is over 6 minutes of the series available to watch. In the 6 minute clip, we see Brandon Rios is intense and very serious about winning this fight. He is not going to China to lose. He also speaks about how he is here for Pacquiao’s spot amongst the best fighters in the world and he will be ready in all aspects of his game to fight Pacquiao in Macau. The preview of Face off can be viewed right here:
Pacquiao Back in The Ring November 23rd
It is no secret that Manny got knocked out cold in his last fight. The Juan Manuel Marquez knockout replayed over and over again across sports highlights all over the world, and many feared that such a brutal knockout would take Pac Man out for good. Manny insists that his time is not done. When he says this in the Face Off interview, Rios brings up the point that many great fighters have said this before, he is not the first, so Manny needs to remember that. Rios is trying to insinuate here that Manny is washed up in some way, or maybe he is at least hoping he is. Both fighters are going into Pacquiao vs Rios with their careers on the line. Many people say things like Rios is just a punching bag for Pacquiao and that he is tailor made for Manny but Rios is using all that as motivation as he heads into this fight.
Pacquiao’s advice for Rios
Before ending the Face off interview with Max Kellerman, Max asks Manny if he has any advice for Rios. Manny replies by saying that the best advice he can give him is to pray and always believe in the higherpower. He then continues by telling Rios that that is the secret to his career and how he became successful. Rios replies to that statement by telling Pacquiao that it is good that he is praying for him and that it will be his job to ensure Manny takes care of his congressman duties and retires from the sport of boxing. It was an intense moment and Pacquiao vs Rios is truly going to be an incredible fight between two boxers that want the win.
Training will be essential for Pacquiao vs Rios as this fight weighs in heavily on how the rest of the career will go for both fighters. For Manny Pacquiao this is pretty much a do or die fight. Nobody expected him to lose to Timothy Bradley. It was later well known that he got screwed out of that fight, but it will forever be in the record books as Manny taking the loss. He expected to bounce back in the next fight vs Juan Manuel Marquez but Marquez quite simply scored a shocking knockout and Pacquiao once again lost. This brought him to his all time lowest point and he has a lot of rebuilding to do if he hopes to get to where he was. Brandon Rios is a similar story as he too was one of the top fighters, going 31-0 in his career, but then he faced Mike Alvarado a second time and go this first loss. Now he too is looking to bounce back vs one of the all time greats in Pacquiao.
Pacquiao vs Rios Training Videos
If anyone doubted the fact that Manny is training hard for this fight they should not anymore because according to reports out of Pac man’s camp, the Filipino sensation is hurting sparring partners and working like a 20 year old in the ring. He must be at his top game at the Pacquiao vs Rios fight because he will be stepping in the ring with a younger fighter who likes to brawl. Manny will likely have to use his footwork which will require a lot of stamina and that is why he practicing his jogging, his speed and of course plenty of footwork.
Rios Ready for War in Pacquiao vs Rios
Brandon Rios knows that his upcoming fight with Manny Pacquiao is the biggest fight of his life and he is treating it like it’s the biggest. In training he is pushing extra hard. Putting in extra work to throw more punches, work more rounds and spend more time at the gym. Rios is being pushed and supported by his team who is working closely with him in the biggest fight of his life. In Rios’ favor he is showing signs of a veteran the way he conducts himself in all the Pacquiao vs Rios fight interviews and events.
Pacquiao Confident Heading into Fight with Rios
Pacquiao has gone on record to say that losing is not an option heading into his big fight with Brandon Rios. Pacquiao says that nothing about Rios is bothering him and that he is better than him in every aspect of the sport, footwork, power and speed. Pacquiao is of course one of boxing’s most decorated athletes but he has had trying times as of late. He needs this win more than anything and a loss to the young “Bam Bam” would forever leave it’s impact on his career. Nothing less than an impressive and convincing performance will be good enough for Manny, so be sure to see if he can do it at Pacquiao vs Rios in November.
Filipino great Manny Pacquiao will fight American Brandon Rios in Macau, China on November 23rd (24th in China itself). The Pacquiao vs Rios fight is a comeback fight for MAnny who has lost his last two. Pacquiao is considered to be one of the greatest pound for pound fighters of all time, and has held belts at an unprecedented eight different weight classes. However, he has lost his last couple of fights, and some in boxing wonder if the 34 year old might be nearing the end of his career.
Meanwhile Texan Brandon Rios is hoping to make his mark on the boxing world (even more than he already did by previously becoming WBA lightweight champion). At 27, he has an impressive record of 31 wins from 33 fights. But nothing is as impressive as beating Manny Pacquiao.
So how do the bookmakers see Pacquiao vs Rios odds? Despite his recent losses Pacquiao is odds on favourite, with the best odds available being around 1/5. Meanwhile Rios looks decent at around 19/4. In terms of US moneyline betting – Pacquiao is at around -400 to Rios’ +300). Whatever the odds are come the day, you can guarantee there will be some money flying around Macau – one of the world’s gambling capitals.
Pacquiao vs Rios is happening November 23rd in Macau, China. (Note: the date in China will actually be November 24th).
For Pacquiao – the Filipino legend who was voted ‘fighter of the decade’ for the 2000s and is a former world champ in 8 weight divisions – the fight may decide the end of his career. He is 34, and has lost his last two fights. As such a third defeat would mean many would expect him to retire, including his trainer Freddie Roach, who said ‘If he loses, I will tell him to retire. If you lose three in a row it’s your time.’ Roach also said that it is his ‘job to protect him.’ Not many people in the world can tell Manny Pacquiao what to do, but it seems Freddie Roach can.
For Brandon Rios, the 27 year old American who has only one defeat in 33 fights, the encounter is an opportunity to shoot straight to the top of boxing, building on his impressive record with the scalp of a legend. It is the biggest fight of his career. Rios is confident too, he says he can ‘catch’ Pacquiao and he will go down. November is the time to find out.