Team Pacquiao & Rios at the Great Wall of China

Team Pacquiao & Rios at the Great Wall of China

Good to see these two camps posing for pictures for their upcoming fight in November. Team Robert Garcia and Freddie Roach are top trainers with great fighters. Over the years, it has created a beautiful rivalry between the two. Which trainer will come out on top this November? We’ll have to wait and see…

Critique on Bradley’s Pacman/Rios Prediction

By Rudy Mondragon

I recently read a piece on boxingscene¬†where Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley gave his thoughts on the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios. This fight is to take place November 23, 2013 in Macao, China.

Timothy gave his thoughts in political correctness fashion. He stated that Brandon is “tailor made for Pacquiao,” and that this fight is a perfect for Pacquiao to get back in the winner circle. He finished off his statement by saying that Brandon cannot be counted out however. Timothy is leaning towards Pacquiao to win of course, but wants to be safe and say that Rios will still have a shot.

He made the inaccurate comparison of Rios and Antonio “El Tornado” Margarito because he failed to recognize context in his comparison. Bradley said “Look at Margarito. If Margarito couldn’t do anything against Pacquiao what is Rios going to do? You see a big strong guy at Welterweight in Margarito and now you got a smaller Margarito coming up in weight.” Although it is true that Rios is coming up to the welterweight limit for the first time, Rios is a lot younger than the Margarito that fought Pacquiao. Margarito was also coming off a beat down to Shane Mosley and a tune up fight against Robert Garcia after sitting out for a year (hand wrap scandal). Not to mention that his first fight against Cotto, which was a war in itself.

Pacquiao fought a Margarito who was heading towards the final stage of his career. It was a bad match up where match makers knew that this fight could use Margarito as an object that would further lift Pacquiao’s career. This is not the case with Brandon.

Bradley then went on to say that “with his (Pacquiao) speed and his combinations, he’s really fast. I don’t think Rios has ever faced someone like that so I pick Pacquiao.” I get it. Bradley has to say that as Pacquiao was once his opponent, who he controversially beat. I agree with him, Rios has not faced someone with that speed. However, we can’t say for sure if Pacquiao’s speed and combos will be the same as before. He is coming off a defeat to Bradley and then a KO defeat to Juan M Marquez. Mentally, is Pacquiao ready? Can he respond well at age 34 and get his career back on track? How will Pacquiao’s mind, body and spirit respond at this point in his career? Rios is 27 and he is coming off a close defeat, not a KO defeat. I say that gives Rios an edge because he wants to avenge that defeat and get back to his winning ways. Both him and his trainer (Robert Garcia) know that this is a must win situation for them. They can’t afford to lose again.

Rios is hungry and wants this fight and knows that this is a stepping stone to future greatness, PPV fights, and becoming the super star prize fighter he wants to become. Pacquiao is on another wavelength. He has made millions in the game, he is a congressman in his home country, he has endorsements, he is a huge religious figure, he is a movie celebrity, does commercials for Hennessy, and the list goes on. What else is Pacquiao trying to achieve that he hasn’t already? What can Pacquiao feed on to make him hungrier than he has ever been?

Blood Money Boxing fans, no prediction at this time. However, I strongly believe that the physiological aspect of this fight will be huge. Which ever fighter that can find a way to dig deep and want it more than the other via tenacity and durability will win this. It is going to be a dog fight. One man will fall, the other will rise.

Pacquiao vs. Rios for Nov. 23!


By Rudy Mondragón

Michael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao’s adviser, has informed that Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) will face Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) in a welterweight contest scheduled for November 23rd. This fight will take place in Macau, China.

Although Rios lost to Mike Alvarado earlier this year, Team Pacquiao felt that Brandon Rios would make for a more exciting fight.

An exciting, but dangerous fight for Pacman. A dangerous fight for Pacquiao mainly because of the chin that Rios brings as well has his youth and strong punching power. Paquiao will have his speed and power, but he also has the trauma that accompanies a fighter who suffers a KO defeat (Juan M Marquez KO of Manny in December, 2012).

If Manny loses this fight, it would mean his third defeat in a row. And according to Michael Koncz, it would be a time to sit with Manny and discuss the possibility of walking away.

“I think Manny’s safety is number one. That’s why it is a very important fight. I think we are going to be okay and have a tremendous win. If god forbid that doesn’t happen – we will have to sit down [and discuss retirement],” Koncz said.

Timothy Bradley, Juan M Marquez, Saul Alvarez, and possibly Floyd Mayweather to fight later this year. Fall 2013 boxing schedule is developing nicely.