Bernard Hopkins is impressed with Manny Pacquiao’s bravery in taking on come-forward brawler Brandon Rios in November, but doesn’t necessarily feel it’s a smart move:
“Brandon can punch. Are you serious? They are brave as hell. Listen, if Pacquiao fights this fight after getting knocked out like that – I have to take my hat off to him because that’s a brave move. It’s a not a good business move, but that’s a brave move. But I guess they want to come back so quick to show that he’s okay, but to me that’s even worse.”
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Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will find the route back to the top is short if he can beat Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau, China on Nov. 24. If Pacquiao wins—especially by KO or TKO—the Floyd “Money” Mayweather superfight hype will return with a vengeance.
In a sense, it never left completely, but at least then it would have some merit.
The Rios fight will be the first for Pacquiao since he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.
Rios is coming off a loss himself. He was out-pointed by Mike Alvarado in their rematch in March, but he has a big enough name to represent a significant victory for Pac-Man.
Assuming Pacquiao has his mental faculties and focus, Rios should be an opponent that gives him every opportunity to shine.
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The build-up, the hype, the trash task and the anticipation is nearly over. As boxer Robert Guerrero said after Friday’s weigh-in, “It’s time to rock and roll, man!”
Saturday night’s all right for fighting as Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) and Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) vie for the WBC welterweight title and the unoffical title of best pound for pound boxer in the world. The event gets underway at 9 p.m ET/6 p.m. PT on Showtime PPV. The fight will also be shown in 400 movie theaters in the United States, as well as countless bars and living rooms.
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With the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley fight on the verge of being finalized for a September 14 playdate, Manny Pacquiao has little choice but to face WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado in October or November.
Brandon Rios, who lost his WBO title to Alvarado last March 30 via a unanimous decision, is also being considered as Pacquiao’s next opponent. Alvarado though has the edge over Rios, being the current WBO light welterweight titleholder.
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he prospect of Manny Pacquiao fighting Mike Alvarado has been gaining a lot of support in recent days. Given how strong Alvarado looked against Brandon Rios a few weeks back, and taking into account the fact that Juan Manuel Marquez is asking for a lot more money than Pacquiao is willing to part with right now, these whispers make sense. Boxing fans are understandably preparing themselves for a Plan B-type situation.
Still, it feels like Alvarado is being used as a last-minute bargaining chip – sort of the way Devon Alexander was utilized to push the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero fight over the top.
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It is believed that promoter Bob Arum could reveal Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent at any second now. The promoter has said that he will make a decision on Pacman’s next opponent by Sunday at the latest, but it looks like it will be Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth time.
The fight will likely take place in September and may happen overseas in Macau, China. However, in-order for a fifth fight to take place, Juan Manuel Marquez will have to be willing to take a little less money.
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Well former HBO analyst Larry Merchant doesn’t think it’s over for Filipino Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) despite him having lost his last two fights with one of them being a vicious knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s). Larry Merchant thinks that Manny Pacquiao should get right back in the ring with Marquez, and if he can beat him, then move forward with his career to take on the other top fighters at welterweight and light welterweight.
Larry Merchant said to esnewsreporting.com “I think Manny Pacquiao is capable of coming back. Manny Pacquiao has to fight Marquez again first…if he comes back and looks good in that fight, then it will relight that fire, and there are a bunch of good 140/147-pounders out there.”
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Legendary trainer Freddie Roach believes that Robert Guerrero could be the first man to defeat Floyd Mayweather when the two clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 4.
Mayweather has just signed a new six fight deal and there seems little to suggest that he has lost his hunger for the sport. He remains an overwhelming favourite but at 36-year-old there will be question marks over his stamina.
Guerrero is a come forward fighter and will be looking to constantly pressurise Mayweather for the entire 12 rounds. Having shown his undeniable quality in unanimously outpointing Andre Berto there is a suggestion that this could be his chance to cause a massive upset.
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Brit Martin Murray’s challenge for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Middleweight title against Argentine champion Sergio Martinez will be televised LIVE and exclusive on The Channel Of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Unbeaten Murray heads to Buenos Aires on Saturday 27th April to face the world’s number one middleweight and top four pound-for-pound best at the 50,000 seat Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in one of the biggest challenges faced by a British fighter overseas in recent years.
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Despite Mayweather’s recent tweet that IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander was the frontrunner to face him, no one believed it would be anyone but Guerrero or 154-pound titleholder Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Guerrero was coming off a big win over Andre Berto, has a strong backstory that includes his wife’s successful battle with cancer that will play well on any reality promotional shows, fights in a weight class (147 pounds) that Mayweather is most comfortable in and wasn’t going to ask for more money — probably a few million, with some upside on the pay per views — than Mayweather was willing to give.
It’s exactly the type of opponent Mayweather is looking for. Guerrero is dangerous, no question. With the recently obliterated Manny Pacquiao now out of the conversation, Guerrero ranks among the most difficult opponents Mayweather could face. There is Sergio Martinez, but no one can criticize Mayweather, who doesn’t feel completely comfortable at 154 pounds, for not wanting to move up again to face the middleweight king, even if Martinez was willing to come down. Same can be said for Gennady Golovkin, a superstar in boxing’s inner circle but one not yet well known in the mainstream.
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