Pacquiao vs Rios is Fight of The Year

There are a lot of decent boxing matches around just recently, and the one coming up soon in Macau, China is certainly up there with the best of them. Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios takes place on November 23rd (24th in China). Pacquiao vs Rios is a classic case of an exciting, younger fighter attempting to take the scalp of an older legend and improve his own status in the process. Rios’ status would rocket if he could take out Filipino Pacquiao, who has been world champion at 8 different weight divisions and was voted ‘fighter of the decade’ for the 2000s by various respected authorities.

Pacquiao vs Rios Expected To Be Biggest Fight of Year

Not that American Brandon Rios is that young, or that new to the sport. He is the former WBA Lightweight champion and at 27 years old has a record of 33 fights of 31 wins, one draw and one loss. 23 of those wins came by way of knockout. Rios claims he is going to knock out Pacquiao too, a claim he can make more confidently knowing that Pacquiao was knocked out in his last fight, against Juan Miguel Marquez in the 6th round. That said, Rios’ single defeat came in his last fight too – against Mike Alvarado on points. This was the second of two consecutive fights against Alvarado, the first of which Rios won and it was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated. Let’s hope Pacquiao vs Rios claims the same prize for 2013.

Coming of Defeats, Pacquiao vs Rios is a Redemption Fight

So both fighters come into Pacquiao vs Rios on the back of defeats, but it is Pacquiao’s heritage that will earn him at least $18 million for the fight, more than four times what Rios will earn. Rios’ fee is a flat $4 million, whereas Pacquiao could potentially earn as much as $30 million. No wonder Rios wants to knock him out.

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