Despite being stopped in his last fight and off for almost a year, Manny Pacquiao was too sharp for Brandon Rios to handle. Pacquiao won a lopsided decision against the slugger but didn’t look like the dynamic world-beater he was just two years ago.
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios made weight for their welterweight showdown at Friday’s weigh-in in Macau, China, the site of Saturday’s fight. Pacquiao weighed 145 pounds, while Rios tipped the scales at 146.5.
Watch the video stream of the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios weigh-in live from Macau today starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT.
The third episode of HBO’s 24/7: Pacquiao-Rios culminated with Wednesday’s controversial, obscenity-laced altercation between the trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia as well as strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza.
Watch a live stream of Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios conduct one-hour satellite tour interviews tonight. Rios will go at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT, followed by Pacquiao at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.
Freddie Roach tells the boxing media that he’s not impressed with Brandon Rios, who he says lacks defense and was lucky to win a lightweight title. Rios faces Roach’s star fighter, Manny Pacquiao, on Saturday in Macau.
The promoters of Manny Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov would like to match the fighters if Pacquiao defeats Rios on Saturday.
When Canelo Alvarez returns to action on March 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer hopes that his opponent will be Miguel Cotto.
Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza spoke with RingTV’s Ryan Songalia about the kicking incident that transpired Wednesday afternoon between himself and Freddie Roach at a public workout in Macau. Ariza, who previously worked with Roach as Manny Pacquiao’s strength coach, also discussed his work with Brandon Rios.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum talks to RingTV.com about the kicking incident between Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and Brandon Rios’ conditioning coach Alex Ariza, plus the possibility of Pacquiao facing Ruslan Provodnikov and more.
RingTV caught up with Brandon Rios before the popular slugger left his Oxnard, Calif. training camp for Macau where he will fight Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 23. Rios spoke about conditioning with Alex Ariza, fighting at 147 pounds and how he can’t wait to prove his doubters wrong. (Rios trains hard and swears hard in this video. Parental discretion is advised.)