Manny Pacquiao batters Brandon Rios: ‘the speed got to me a little bit’

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Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision Sunday morning in Macau for his first victory in over two years. He looked fast and powerful, and he proved to be the championship-caliber fighter he was prior to getting leveled by Juan Manuel Marquez last year.

Pacquiao destroyed Rios for nearly the entire fight. One judge had it a 12-0 shutout for Pac-Man, while another gave Rios a round and the third judge gave him two rounds.

Pac-Man delivered a devastating combination of shots to Rios’ body and head, and landed more than twice as many punches as his counterpart. Most of his damage was done to the body, where stats show he landed 241 of his 281 punches. Rios hit Pacquiao with a fair amount of body shots and landed 138 punches overall, but he spent most of the fight covering up and trying to protect himself.

Rios admitted after the fight that Pacquiao’s speed was too much.

“The speed got me a little bit,” Rios told HBO’s Max Kellerman.

Though the stats and outcome show Pacquiao dominated Rios, the Filipino actually said Rios was one of his toughest opponents.

“I consider this one of the toughest fights of my career,” said Pacquiao, who improved to 55-5-2 (38 KOs).

Rios came out of the fight with swelling and a huge bruise below his right eye.

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He described Manny as “very fast” and “very awkward” in style, while also calling him one of the best fighters in the world, along with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Though he was thoroughly defeated, Rios did enough damage to put a mouse under Pacquiao’s right eye.

Manny, being the thoughtful and caring fighter that he is, said after the fight that he was dedicating his victory to his countrypeople affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios camps get into fight at gym (Video)

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The camp members of Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios got into a big altercation at a gym in Macau on Wednesday morning (local time) that involved racial and homophobic slurs as well as an assault. The fight may or may not have been staged to drum up publicity for the fight between the two men, which is taking place in Asia and has not received the type of buzz a Pacquiao fight used to generate.

The supposed fight between the two sides arose after Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, complained that Rios’ camp was still in the gym past their allotted time. Rios’ team was supposed to have the gym — located in the Venetian in Macau — from 9-11 a.m. Pacquiao was scheduled to have the gym at 11.

Supposedly upset over Rios still being in the gym, Roach approached Rios’ trainer, Robert Garcia, interrupted his interview and told him to get out. Roach supposedly called Garcia a piece of s— and told him to go f— himself. Alex Ariza, who is now Rios’ trainer and was previously Pac-Man’s trainer before he was let go because of friction with Roach, got involved and kicked Roach in the chest.

Ariza was seen on video mocking Roach’s Parkinson’s Disease and calling him a “stuttering prick.”

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Manny Pacquiao’s manager Michael Koncz suffers mild heart attack in Macau

Michael KonczMichael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao’s adviser/manager, suffered a mild heart attack on Tuesday in Macau and was hospitalized for at least the second time on the trip, per a report.

Yahoo! Sports boxing/MMA reporter Kevin Iole says that Koncz suffered a mild heart attack and was taken to the hospital. Iole reports that Koncz was walking around and talking with people as Pacquiao worked out Tuesday and did not seem to show significant signs of distress.

Iole also says Koncz was hospitalized Sunday because of a mild case of Bell’s Palsy.

Pacquiao will face Brandon Rios on Saturday night (US time). The fight will take place Sunday morning in Macau.

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Manny Pacquiao tells Brandion Rios his time is not done yet

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Manny Pacquiao is on a mission to prove that despite losing his last two fights, his career is not over.

Pacquiao is fighting Brandon Rios in Macau on Nov. 23. The fight hasn’t been publicized in the US as much as usual for a few reasons. One, the hype surrounding Pac-Man has dissipated since his consecutive losses. Two, his next fight will take place in China, not Las Vegas or Cowboys Stadium like some of his other recent fights. But with the fight three weeks away, HBO is beginning to drum up some publicity. That started with a special “Face Off with Max Kellerman” interview featuring Manny and Rios that was shown after Gennady Golovkin’s HBO fight last weekend.

The “Face Off” interview saw Pac-Man and Rios sitting opposite each other with Kellerman moderating and asking questions. In the interview, Manny made it clear that despite his consecutive losses and age, he is nowhere near done.

“I have 100 percent desire to continue my boxing career,” Pacquiao said in response to a Kellerman question. “I’m not old, I’m still young. I’m 34 years old. He’s younger. I can feel that. He’s hungry to win and focused on his training. But I can do that. My time is not over yet. It’s still my generation — it’s not over yet.”

Though Pacquiao is out to prove that he still is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, Rios wants to push the Filipino into retirement.

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Brandon Rios working with Manny Pacquiao’s ex-trainer Alex Ariza

Is Brandon Rios trying to get some inside information on Manny Pacquiao ahead of their Nov. 23 fight?

Rios recently hired strength coach Alex Ariza on a short-term trial basis, according to MaxBoxing.com. Ariza previously served as Pacquiao’s strength coach, but he was fired in August after a conflict with Freddie Roach.

Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, was responsible for Ariza’s firing, according to Pac-Man. Roach hired Ariza in 2008 to help Pacquiao, but he had difficulty working with the strength coach. Roach complained that Ariza tried doing everyone’s job.

Ariza similarly complained about Roach, telling Yahoo! Sports that the trainer changed after becoming more famous once he got his own HBO show.

“He’s not the same person he was and you can talk to people in boxing who will tell you that,” Ariza said. “He’s become a celebrity. He said I became difficult to work with, but I never changed my approach.”

Ariza did admit that he is difficult to work with, so maybe he does have some understanding of what Roach experienced. The firing is not too surprising; Roach had been complaining that Pacquiao was being worked too hard ahead of recent fights and that the fighter’s calves were hurting from too much working out.

Pacquiao’s loss seems to be Rios’ gain at this point. Rios has been posting on Instagram about working with Ariza and seems to be pretty happy about things:

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Manny Pacquiao considering running for president in Philippines

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao is already a congressman in the Philippines, and the Filipino boxer says he is considering running for president in his home country one day.

Pacquiao did several interviews on Saturday to promote his upcoming fight with Brandon Rios in China. In an interview with the AFP, he was asked whether he has thought about running for president in his country, and he said yes.

“When I started boxing, of course I was planning, you know, and thinking about getting to become a champion. So when I enter politics it’s the same thing.
“But, you know, it’s far away,” Pacquiao told AFP, adding: “It’s God’s will.”

Pac-Man is 34 years old and coming off consecutive losses, including a devastating knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez that left many concerned about the Filipino’s health. Pacquiao’s family was worried about his well-being, and his mother wants him to stop fighting. Manny says he has been ignoring those concerns as he prepares to face Rios in November, but he knows the end of his fight career is nearing.

Trainer Freddie Roach already said he won’t train Pacquiao any more if the Filipino loses his next fight, which would make it three defeats in a row.

Pacquiao is in his second term as a congressman. He has filed five bills in the country’s house of representatives, mostly related to improving healthcare and fitness. He has also taken an anti-contraceptive stance. Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, has also entered politics in the Philippines. She won her election this year to become vice president of a province.

Freddie Roach will tell Manny Pacquiao to retire if he loses again

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Freddie Roach reportedly said that he will tell Manny Pacquiao to retire if the fighter loses for a third straight time.

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) is scheduled to fight Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on Nov. 23 in Macau, China. Pac-Man is coming off back-to-back losses. He lost a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley last June, and he suffered a devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December.

Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, says he will advise his fighter to hang up the gloves if he loses to Rios.

“If he loses, I will tell him to retire,” Roach told ESPN. “If you lose three in a row it’s your time.

“He’s up there in age. I’ve got to keep a close eye on him. It’s part of my job to protect him. I will do the right thing.”

Pacquiao is 34 and already has a career in politics in the Philippines. Not only does he have other interests in life to look out for, but Roach has long felt that Manny’s training suffered because of his multiple interests. Maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing for him to retire.

But this could also just be lip service from Roach.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because Roach said the same thing last year before Pacquiao’s fight with Bradley. Manny didn’t look great, but he went back out to fight in December. And even though Pacquiao’s health has been in question since his knockout loss to Marquez, his camp is sending him back out there again. Roach may advise Pacquiao to retire, but I doubt he listens.