Manny Pacquiao Is Fighting In China
On November 24, welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will fight at The Venetian in Macao, China. Pacquiao is looking to return to form as he is coming off two straight losses and is no longer the pound-for-pound king.
In China, the bout will be distributed online for around $5 to $6 via Major League Baseball Advanced Media and through HBO’s pay-per-view in the United States.
It will be Pacquiao’s first bout since Dec. 8, when he was knocked out late in the sixth round by a crushing right hand in his fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao was interested in a fifth bout with Marquez, but Marquez didn’t have the same interest. Instead, Marquez is planning on a fight with Timothy Bradley Jr., which is tentatively set for Sept. 14 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to fight on the same day at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If true, Top Rank will undoubtedly move the Marquez-Bradley fight to another date.
Pacquiao remains one of boxing’s biggest stars, both at the gate and via pay-per-view. He’s extraordinarily popular in Asia. Casino operators throughout the region were hoping to land a Pacquiao fight. He appeals to many of the high-rolling Asian gamblers, who would come out in bigger numbers than they traditionally do for a Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas.
Bob Arum told The Associated Press that Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) has been focused exclusively on his political career in the Philippines since the congressman’s stunning sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
MANNY PACQUIAO’S OPPONENT
The Texas-born, Kansas-raised Rios lives and trains in Oxnard, California. His unbeaten record was blemished March 30 when he lost a unanimous decision in his rematch with fellow brawler Mike Alvarado, but his popularity only increased in a compelling bout filled with wild exchanges and headfirst fighting.
Brandon Rios will look to stand toe to toe against Pacquiao and turn the match into a brawl.