Six and a half months after the fight was announced, Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios are finally set to face off in Macau, China. It’s the first time Pac-Man will step inside the ring in almost a year. Rios last fought at the end of March.
Both boxers are looking for redemption from their previous bouts. Pacquiao was at the top of the sport, along with Floyd Mayweather, until his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in June 2012. In December, though, there was no question about the decision when he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round. Rios suffered a landmark defeat in his career, as well, the last time he laced up his gloves. He was beaten by Mike Alvarado in a unanimous decision for his first ever loss.
The two will be fighting at a catchweight of 147 pounds. Pacquiao has never had a problems switching weight classes, winning a record eight titles in different divisions. Rios will be making the jump from 140 pounds.
It’s the third major Pay-Per-view fight in as many months. Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez set records in their September bout by generating $150 million from 2.2 million PPV buys. In October, there were 375,000 buys for the fight between Bradley-Marquez.
With Pacquiao on the fight card, PPV’s usually top one million buys. Four of his last five bouts have done so, with the exception of Pacquiao-Bradley, which only generated a disappointing 700,000 buys.
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Saturday’s fight can be purchased on HBO PPV for $59.95 in standard definition and $69.95 in HD. Viewers also have the option of watching Pacquiao vs. Rios with a live stream online through Top Rank TV.
The PPV itself is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET, but Pacquiao and Marquez won’t step inside the ring for a few hours. The first bell for their match will likely ring start sometime around 11 p.m. ET.
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Manny Pacquiao Brandon Rios
Age: 34 27
Height: 5’6” 5’9”
Reach: 67” 70”
Stance: Southpaw Orthodox
Record: 54-5-2, 38 KO’s 31-1-1, 23 KO’s