Manny Pacquiao said he is ready for his fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1) this November 23, 2013 in Macau, China, to make a reverberating statement to the world. He believes he is still able to bounce back after his devastating loss to Mexican great, Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked him out face-first, unconscious on the canvas, for about two minutes in that near-end segment of round six. He believes he'll rise again.
Not to be outdone, Pacquiao has all the advantages over Rios: power, speed, defense, clear punching, style, intelligence and experience.
Unlike Marquez who always gives Pacquiao so much trouble with his effective counter-punching, Rios is poor in counter-punching and has an easy style, too straightforward, so to speak; he always goes forward without significant variation of his footwork. He is, in fact, too predictable for an agile, fast and powerful boxer like Pacquiao.
Ranked No. 5 only in the light welterweight, nothing is unique of Rios' style to make him standing out among other better candidates to fight the best among the welterweights.
Let's put it this way, Rios is two levels below Pacquiao's ring intelligence and power. That's why Pacquiao would surely shine this coming fight, packaging him with a radical touch, telling the world: "I can make a big difference once again."
Another dilemma, Rios has not developed the ability to fight back in a retreat mode. He easily gets overwhelmed with his anger that somehow cripples his critical thinking process while engaging in a fist fight; he rushes into a trap.
Now, this is where Pacquiao would take down Rios, a piece of cake. It would be surprising if Rios is not knocked out within seven rounds. Rios would just be so battered that he would just pretend to be smiling even his face with bloody-mess.
That evening of Macau gives the birth of China's formidable market for boxing. And Rios only serves as the catalyst through which Pacquiao heads up to redemption.
Can Rios still deliver the same power he had shown during his prime?
Sure, he still can.
But, Rios, who knocked out Mike Alvarado (33-1-0) in their first encounter in 2012, did not manage to do the same in the rematch early this year. Rios was battered all the way from the second half that had Alvarado earned a unanimous decision.
Rios and Pacquiao, both fresh from their losses, are never the same again. And this fight is not one of supremacy, however bent they both are in their respective hunger. Pacquiao has more to prove. For him, it's all about fire versus fear of getting knocked out. Conversely, for Rios, it's just all about doing his job, bordering to "clocking-in and clocking-out" in a routine mode.