Friday, August 2, 2013
Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios
Manny Pacquiao will fight Brandon Rios on November 23, 2013. Both fighters are coming off losses, and their careers are headed in different directions. The fight promises to be an action packed fight. Brandon Rios brings it, and Pac-Man believes he needs to knock him out to resurrect his career. Pacquiao has shown in the past that he can defeat a fighter like Rios, but that was before he lost two in a row. Brandon Rios is coming off a loss to Mike Alvarado that was a brutal war in the ring. It was a fight that Rios had chances to win, and he'd won in their first fight.
Manny believes he must win by KO - http://www.boxingscene.com/pacquiao-i-win-big-i-knock-rios-out--68268
I don't think Manny is going to knock Rios out. He'd better hope to outpoint him and maybe he can knock out a battered Rios late. However, I don't see that happening unless Rios gets sloppy. I think he will be at his best and if that 's the case I don't see a KO win for Pacquiao. Rios has shown he can take a punch, and the size of his neck supports that theory. I think Alvarado hits as hard as Pac-Man, and Rios took some massive shots in that contest. Manny will not KO Rios.
Can Brandon Rios KO Pac-Man?
He beat the hell out of Mike Alvarado in his last fight. He landed some shots on Alvarado that would've knocked lesser fighters out. The problem is that Manny isn't a lesser fighter. If Pac-Man doesn't win this fight his career is over. I expect him to use angles and the hit and not get hit style to take advantage of a fighter who comes straight ahead. There is always the chance that Rios could hit him like Marquez did and put him to sleep. We don't know if Manny has ever truly recovered from that brutal knockout. Can he be the elusive fighter he once was? If we see the Pac-Man everyone wanted to see Mayweather fight, then Rios will lose by decision. If that's not the Manny Pacquiao that enters the ring that night we'll see him get blasted into retirement.