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Manny Pacquiao finds perfect foe Bam Bam Rios, perfect foil for comeback bout

Brandon Bam Bam Rios, who usually leads with his face, is perfect.

A perfect foil, that is, for a somewhat diminished Manny Pacquiao and that's why their mutual promoter, Top Rank, tapped Rios for the Pacman comeback bout in Macau.

It says here that Pacquiao will win a unanimous decision, by a comfortable margin, and then the boxing barkers will start banging the table to finally make the Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. Super Bout.

If it doesn't happen in 2014, the circus will move onward and downward at the same time.
I pity the fools who tune in Saturday evening looking to see the electric Pacquiao who destroyed Ricky Hatton and Oscar de la Hoya.

That's the Ghost of Pacquiao Past, never to be seen again, except on You Tube.

What remains of Pacquiao is what makes this fight one of keen interest. But let me ask you this, sir or madam....can you envision Manny "losing" to Mile High Mike Alvarado or Richard Abril? (Technically, a gift decision made that a "victory" for Bam Bam.)

Neither can I, so step down next case.

You won't see Electric Manny, you shall see Acoustic Manny, Unplugged Manny, whatever you want to call him.
But don't forget, he fought an almost perfect fight before he took the canvas nap against troublesome Juan Manuel Marquez.

This night it's Class A Pacquiao against B plus and always striving Rios.

Rios' face will look like it has been run through a blender after 36 minutes. No mistake, Rios is coming to rumble, he always does.

But, in this one, it's a bridge too far.

(mlcmarley@aol.com)