Many wondered how Manny Pacquiao would react to being viciously knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December in Las Vegas. Now, everyone knows.
Pacquiao on Saturday battered Brandon Rios for 12 rounds in their welterweight fight in Macau, China. Rios’ face was badly beaten, with both eyes being damaged.
The end result was a wide unanimous decision victory for Pacquiao, who won by scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 120-108.
Pacquiao, 34, is now 55-5-2. Rios, of Oxnard, is 27. He is 31-2-1.
Andy Ruiz of Imperial via Mexicali is now 21-0 with 15 knockouts after he stopped Tor Hamer after three rounds of their heavyweight fight Saturday on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios in Macau, China. Hamer did not answer the bell for the fourth round.
Hamer, of New York City, is now 21-3.
Manny Pacquiao weighed 145 pounds and Brandon Rios tipped the scales at 146 1/2 Friday at the weigh-in for their welterweight main event Saturday at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view).
Pacquiao, 34, is 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts. This will be his first fight since being knocked out in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December in Las Vegas.
Rios, 27, is 31-1-1 with 23 knockouts. The former lightweight champion last fought in March when he lost a unanimous decision to Mike Alvarado in Las Vegas.
According to an Associated Press story, Manny Pacquiao wants to make the Brandon Rios camp pay for its strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, mocking Freddie Roach’s speech just before Ariza kicked Roach in the chest during a brawl between the camps Wednesday in Macau, China.
Roach indicated Pacquiao will do that by dispatching Rios early when the fighters duke it out Saturday at the Venetian Resort in Macau (on HBO pay-per-view).
Roach, who has Parkinson’s, and Ariza are bitter enemies. Ariza worked in the Pacquiao camp for years before he was let go, apparently at the behest of Roach. The camps tangled at a Macau gym because the Rios camp was there longer than it was supposed to be, cutting into Pacquiao’s time.
Roach said in the AP story that Pacquiao watched video of the incident, and that he was not pleased.
“(Pacquiao) said to me, ‘Are those the guys that made fun of you?’ ” Roach said. “And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘That’s all I need to know,’ and he walked away.
“He told me he’s going to take care of this guy quickly.”
Junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia will be ringside at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China on Saturday when Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios square off there in the welterweight main event (on HBO pay-per-view).
Provodnikov and Pacquiao are friends and former sparring partners. Both are trained by Freddie Roach.
“I made sure I was in Macau to support my friend Manny Paquiao in his big return to the ring, and I will be rooting for him in this fight.”, Provodnikov said.
Provodnikov, a hard puncher, is coming off a 10th-round TKO of Mike Alvarado in October; Provodnikov took Alvarado’s title in the process.
Provodnikov’s moniker is “Siberian Rocky.”
The third and final episode of HBO’s “24/7: Pacquiao/Rios” will be televised tonight at 7 (Pacific time). This could be the best of the three if HBO shows some of the brief brawl that took place between the respective camps of Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios Wednesday (Tuesday in the U.S.) in Macau, China.
Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and Rios will tangle in the welterweight main event at the Venetian Resort.(31-1-1, 23 KOs) in Macau (on HBO pay-per-view). It will be Pacquiao’s first fight since being knocked out in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will both do 1-hour satellite tours that will be streamed live and can be viewed by the public.
Rios’ tour will begin at 4:30 p.m., Pacquiao’s at 5:30. Fans can take them in at either www.toprank.tv or www.insidehboboxing.com. Pacquiao and Rios will square off Saturday in the welterweight main event in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view).
Everyone is well aware by now of the brief brawl between the Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios camps Wednesday morning in Macau, China, where the two fighters will meet Saturday in the welterweight main event (on HBO pay-per-view).
But even a day earlier, Robert Garcia was making a bold statement regarding Pacquiao’s apparent bleak future as a fighter. Garcia trains Rios.
“Twice during the two episodes of ’24/7′ I’ve heard Freddie Roach say he will ask Manny Pacquiao to retire if he loses to Brandon Rios,” Garcia said. “Well, Freddie had better buy that gold watch for Manny, because the retirement party begins on Saturday night. I guarantee you this will be the last time you ever see Manny Pacquiao on an HBO Pay-Per-View.”
Roach, of course, trains Pacquiao, His beef with the Garcia camp Wednesday that resulted in Roach being kicked in the chest by Rios’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, is bound to make Thursday’s third and final episode of “24/7: Pacquiao/Rios.”
Josesito Lopez of Riverside will be back in the ring for the first time in six months when he takes on Mike Arnaoutis in the welterweight main event Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1).
“It’s great to be back in the ring, especially in front of my Southern California fans,” said Lopez, 29. “Arnaoutis is a tough guy and I know he’s going to give me a fight, but that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Lopez last fought June 8 and was stopped in the sixth round by hard-hitting Marcos Maidana at Home Depot Center. Prior to that, Lopez challenged super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his title and was stopped in the fifth round on Sept. 15, 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Lopez earned the fight with Alvarez after the biggest victory of his career, a ninth-round TKO of former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on June 23, 2012 at Staples Center. Lopez broke Ortiz’s jaw.
Lopez is 30-6 with 18 knockouts. Arnaoutis, of Queens, N.Y., is 34. He is 24-9-2 with 11 knockouts. A former contender, he has lost six of his past eight fights. But he’s talking big.
“Josesito Lopez is a true warrior and with our styles, this is going to be a fight no one will forget,” he said. “I can’t wait for the first bell to ring and I’m not going to stop swinging until my hand is raised.”
We reported earlier that there was an altercation between members of the Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios camps Wednesday morning at a gym in Macau, China, where the fighters will square off Saturday in the welterweight main event (on HBO pay-per-view).
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was peeved that Rios and his team were still in the gym at 11 a.m. Macau time even though that’s when Pacquiao is supposed to get the facility. Roach and Robert Garcia – Rios’ trainer – exchanged harsh words. At one point, Alex Ariza apparently started mocking Roach the way he talks because he has Parkinson’s, according to a report on ESPN.com.
At that point, Roach took a step toward Ariza, who kicked Roach in the chest. There has been no love lost between Roach and Ariza, who used to be the strength and conditioning coach for Pacquiao, but now holds that role for Rios after he was let go by Team Pacquiao.
That same report on ESPN.com said that Roach referred to an obviously upset member of Rios’ camp who was shouting at Roach, as a “Mexican mother (expletive).”