Top Rank Promotions owner and Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has confirmed what Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz's announcement that the Filipino ring icon will be facing Brandon Rios at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China on Nov.24.
Pacquiao is coming off a devastating loss to long-time foe Juan Manuel Marquez last Dec.8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada while Rios is likewise nursing a loss against Mike Alvarado in a rematch last March 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Pacquiao has offered Marquez $13 million for a fifth fight but the Mexican counter-puncher has declined the lucrative offer for a much less prize with ex-Pacquiao foe Timothy Bradley.
Bradley was also offered $6 million by Pacquiao but the Palm Spring star has opted for a lesser purse to face Marquez on September 14.
The matchups were likely hatched by Arum for what appears to be scenario that will eventually result in another blockbuster fight between the winner of the the Bradley-Marquez fight and Pacquiao early next year.
But Pacquiao should be able to win impressively against Rios in order to draw more interest in a bigger fight between either Marquez or Bradley next year.
Rios is a brawler and will likely go toe-to-toe with Pacquiao. Koncz said
the matchup will be entertaining for the fans.
"Rios isn't going to get in there and dance around and run around," Koncz said. "He's going to come to fight. He'll move straight forward and try to brawl with Manny, and that's the kind of fight that will be very entertaining for the fans. Anyone who knows these two guys knows there's really no other way for them to fight."
Another good selling point for the upcoming Pacquiao-Rios fight would be the drama behind the insulting and disrespectful behaviour as shown in a video of Rios and former Pacquiao foe Antonio Margarito, mocking Roach about his Parkinson's disease in the presence of their trainer Robert Garcia. Read more on this issue in the ESPN article
by Dan Rafael.
This unfinished business between the protagonists is expected to be highlighted in promotional videos by HBO for the fans to take sides and to create more interest on the fight.
Certainly the Pacquiao-Rios fight will be easier to promote and will be more exciting to watch compared to last Saturday's fight between Mayweather and Guerrero.