Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios made weight for their welterweight showdown at Friday’s weigh-in in Macau, China, the site of Saturday’s HBO Pay Per View main event. Pacquiao weighed 145 pounds, while Rios tipped the scales at 146.5.
Tomorrow’s fight will be the first time Pacquiao has fought in Asia since emerging as a boxing superstar and hero in his native Philippines. It also marks the first time he’s fought since being stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez last December. The Filipino icon says he’s motivated by the fight location and his comeback.
“I’m so happy that the fight is in Asia and very close to the Philippines,” Pacquiao told HBO’s Max Kellerman. “This fight is going to be different because I started early and it’s been one of the longest camps of my career. We did it like when I was young.”
Rios, who has fought at lightweight and junior welterweight previously, and has struggled to make those division limits, says the welterweight limit of 147 pounds suits him.
“This is my weight class now,” Rios said. “I feel great.
The Oxnard, Calif.-based slugger knows he’s a big underdog but is confident of victory.
“My heart and my balls, that’s how I beat him,” he said.