SAN DIEGO, November 23, 2013 – In just a few hours fans will finally see the biggest bout of the fall 2013 boxing season, Manny Pacquiao versus Brandon Rios in Macau, China, “The Clash in Cotai.”
Eight division champion Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and former lightweight titlist Ríos (31-1-1, 22 KOs) will compete for the WBO World Welterweight Title on HBO pay per view Saturday November 23, at 9 p.m. ET. This is HBO’s first pay-per-view event outside of the U.S.
Communities Digital News will host a live online chat starting at 7 p.m. ET with the televised undercard fights.
Both fighters feel they have a lot to prove. Pacquiao not only wants to get his career back on track after his knockout loss last year to Juan Manuel Marquez, he has been given extra motivation by the devastation suffered in his native Philippines following Hurricane Haiyan. Pacquiao has dedicated the fight to his country.
Rios is a crowd-pleasing fighter who loves to bring the action. He likes to hit, and he likes getting hit. Rios has proved he can take tremendous punishment while dishing it out. He isn’t afraid of anyone. This is his big opportunity to prove to the world he’s the real deal and deserves to be in the ring with one of the world’s all-time greatest boxers and a future Hall of Famer.
Also on the schedule tonight will be three undercard fights. For the Chinese fans, two time flyweight Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (2-0) will fight six rounds against Juan Tozcano of Mexico (4-0, 1 KO) who isn’t considered much of a challenge.
Another fighter trained by Robert Garcia, Evgeny Gradovich of Russia (17-0, 8 KOs) faces Billy Dib in a rematch of their March feaherweight fight. Gradovich, who calls himself the “Russian Mexican,” was a late replacement and won a split decision. He should win by a wider margin this time.
Heavyweights Andy Ruiz Jr. (20-0, 14 KOs) and Tor Hamer (21-2, 14 KOs), both Americans, will fight a 10 round bout. Ruiz doesn’t look like the great heavyweights of yesteryear, but he throws combinations with speed. There is talent here. Hamer is a mid-level opponent who isn’t a total pushover, but Ruiz should not find him a huge challenge.
Communities Digital News will bring you all the action tonight in Live Online Chat start ing with the televised undercard fights starting at 7 p.m. ET We provide blow by blow live commentary and real-time photos and invite you to share your reaction to all the action. See you ringside!
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