Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will face Juan Carlos Candelo on the undercard of the Dec. 14 main event featuring Adrien Broner against Marcos Maidana.
Sugar Ray Leonard said Manny Pacquiao is still physically capable of coming back against Brandon Rios, but the big question is the former titleholder’s state of mind following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Brazilian silver medalist Esqiuva Falcao, whose older brother signed with Golden Boy in October, inked a promotional deal with rival Top Rank.
Mike Tyson will star in an HBO documentary on Saturday night before joining Jim Lampley as co-host for the live telecast of the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez fight.
Freddie Roach regarding Manny Pacquiao’s concern for his storm-ravaged Filipino countrymen: “We were talking about it yesterday, about how many people were killed in the storm. He is concerned about his people, but he knows that this is a big fight.”
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios both proclaim themselves ready to bounce back from their respective losses.
Golden Boy’s Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 shows will feature what Richard Schaefer calls “the best fights that you can make at 147,” including Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana, Devon Alexander-Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman-Jesus Soto Karass, and Paulie Malignaggi-Zab Judah.
Vic Darchinyan on Nonito Donaire: “I’m going to come and expose him and show to all of the world that I can beat him, and not only just beat him, but I can beat him easily.”
Manny Pacquiao on Brandon Rios: “I have seen Rios fight, and I am confident that I will win the fight. One of my advantages is my experience against better opposition. A more diversified opposition.”
Telegraph boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies writes that the on again-off again superfight could be given a new lease on life if Manny Pacquiao shows he is back to his best in Macau on Nov. 23.