Pacquiao-Rios replay, Boxing After Dark from Quebec, HBO 10:15 p.m.

See Manny Pacquiao teach Brandon Rios a lesson in boxing, then enjoy a light heavyweight doubleheader with plenty of action predicted. Photo: Tony Bellew and Adonis Stevenson mix it up / Photo Ed Mulholland, HBO

SAN DIEGO November 30, 2013 HBO will air last Saturday’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios tonight in an encore broadcast at 10:15 p .m. ET as the lead-in to its live event featuring two light-heavyweight title fights from Quebec City, Quebec.

The November 23 bout at the Veneitian Macau in China delievered the return of Pacquiao to his old form after back to back defeats in 2012. Pacquiao showed speed both with his hands and his head. He never let Brandon Rios draw him into a brawl, but instead landed solid punches in bunches. No knockout blow, but that isn’t what Pacquiao needed to achieve in the fight. He made Rios look sluggish and resurrected discussiona about a Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight. Watch and enjoy a master class by PacMan.

SEE RELATED: Boxing results: Pacquiao beats Rios, PacMan is back (SLIDESHOW)

Manny Pacquiao earned a much needed decision over Brandon Rios on November 23 in Macau, China. Photo: Vincent Yu, Associated Press.

Following the replay, HBO brings fans two bouts from the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec. Hometown favorite Adonis Stevenson faces Tony Bellew of England in a WBC light heavyweight title contest, while Sergey Kovalev takes on Ukrainian Ismayl Sillakh in another light heavyweight matchup for Kovalev’s WBC title.

HBO hopes this doubleheader will set up a bout between Stevenson and Kovalev, but their opponents get a say and could change HBO’s plans.

Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) is coming off two impressive victories including a stunning first round knockout of Chad Dawson in June.  like to extend his reputation as a powerful puncher against Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs). The pair got involved in a dust-up on the scales Friday at the weigh-in, exchanging words and threatening to come to blows before they were pulled apart.

SEE RELATED: Boxing results: Stevenson gets TKO, Chavez Jr. wins and loses Saturday

Adonis Stevenson made quick work of Chad Dawson in June. Will he do the same to Tony Bellew in front of his hometown fans? Photo: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes

Stevenson is considered a huge favorite, but Bellew has been talking big this week about an upset. So did Brandon Rios, though. Stevenson has shown he’s capable of ending a fight with one punch at any time. To have a chance, Bellew needs to force Stevenson to box. He has height and reach on Stevenson and he needs to put it to work for him.

It’s a similar matchup between Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KO), nicked named “Krusher,” and Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs), “The Black Russian.” Kovalev has grabbed the boxing world’s attention with a spectacular 2013, starting with his third round TKO defeat of Gabriel Campillo in January, a win over Cornelius White, and finally by destroying Nathan Cleverly via an early fourth round knockout in June.

Cleverly handed Tony Bellew his only defeat in a decision; Bellew says he fought the entire bout with a cracked rib from training. 

SEE RELATED: Boxing results: Kovalev crushes Cleverly, gets TKO win in four

Ismayl Sillakh and Sergey Kovalev pose at their weigh-in Friday. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO.

Sillakh is a talented fighter, relatively unknown in the U.S. He’s also enjoyed a good 2013, with four victories, three by knockout, although against lesser talents. Kovalev will be his biggest name opponent to date and his first title shot. Sillakh can punch, but like Bellew against Stevenson, Sillakh needs to box and not brawl with Kovalev or he is sure to lose.

Kovalev says he is not taking Sillakh lightly, saying he considered him plenty dangerous. This is the right attitude no matter who you’re facing. Taking an opponent for granted is sure to get you in trouble.

 “Boxing After Dark” including a replay of Pacquiao vs. Rios airs tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET on HBO.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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