Two boxers at the crossroads of their respective careers will clash on Nov. 23 in Macau, China, when Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios go toe-to-toe for the vacantWBO International Welterweight Championship.
While Pacquiao appears to be near the end of his boxing career, Rios is trying to prove that he belongs in the elite company of the world’s other top fighters. Let’s take a look at some keys for both “Pac-Man” and “Bam Bam” heading into the big pay-per-view bout.
Pacquiao will enter this fight with a heavy heart following Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated his native Philippines earlier this month. The Filipino icon recently told reporters he would dedicate the fight to the victims of the typhoon, but that he would hold off on visiting the affected areas to offer help in order to focus on training.
A victory for the immensely popular Pacquiao could do wonders for the morale of his fellow countrymen, which he cited as a reason for his continued training. With his 35th birthday coming up in December, most wonder if he will have the same speed, strength and durability that he possessed in recent years.Pacquiao vs Rios Live Streaming Online
Legendary trainer Freddie Roach is literally in Pacquiao’s corner for this fight, so take his comments with a grain of salt, but he voiced his confidence in the boxing superstar in a recent media conference call, per BoxingNewsOnline.net.
“If I see he is slowing down and slipping in the fight I will be the first one to tell him,” Roach said. “We have an agreement that I will tell him that and he will retire. I don’t see him slipping in the gym at this moment and he’s doing really well.”
But talk is cheap, and the clock is counting down on Pacquiao’s career. With a win, we could possibly see the long-awaited matchup against Floyd Mayweather Jr. take shape. With a loss, it could be the end of Pacquiao’s illustrious career.
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