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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios bout set on November 24
Manny Pacquiao is going to get the chance to redeem himself when he takes on rugged puncher Brandon Rios in his much-awaited ring return on November 24 at The Venetian in Macau.
Coming off a sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, the 34-year-old Filipino star will have to deal with the punishing fists of the 27-year-old Rios, who hardly takes a backward step whenever he is on top of the ring.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum said a copy of the fight contract will be given to Pacquiao anytime this week by his Canadian agent Mike Koncz, who negotiated on the fighter’s behalf while in the United States.
Arum said a multi-city tour of key Chinese cities will kick off in late-July and the Hall of Fame carnival barker mentioned Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou as the stops. A similar but shorter tour will take place in the US in September.
Like Pacquiao, Rios, who hails from Oxnard, California, is coming off a defeat, dropping a decision to Mike Alvarado of Denver. Alvarado had also been eyed to battle Pacquiao, but Rios’ never-say-die attitude on top of the ring was the clincher.
Koncz said Rios is expected to stand in there and trade with Pacquiao at close range, making it easier for Pacquiao to come out the big winner.
Arum said the fight will take place at around noontime in Macau so the US audience can also watch it live (on the night of November 23).
HBO Pay-Per-View will broadcast the fight in America, while Top Rank is also selling it to the Chinese market.
article source: interaksyon.com