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Pacquiao playing into Brandon Rios' emotional style

The eyes of the boxing world are focused on Macao, China and the highly-anticipated match between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios this Saturday.

Though this doesn’t feel like a Pacquiao fight when he was at his peak, it’s still a huge bout and a lot hangs in the balance for Pacquiao and his career. He sits as a (-470) favorite, with the comeback on Rios at (+375).

The common thinking is that Pacquiao’s time of dominance is over after suffering back-to-back losses. Pacquiao and his team accepted Rios as an opponent because of his style, which is tailor-made for Pacquiao. So despite his dropoff, he has booked this as a bounce-back fight.

The rhetoric from the Pacquiao camp is typical, saying that he’s focused and in the best shape he’s been in for a long time. Trainer Freddie Roach is predicting a knockout and the pre-fight heat between the two camps has been ratcheted up now that fight week is here.

Roach was involved in an incident that could have escalated into a brawl with the Rios camp and there’s been a long history of vulgarities exchanged between the two camps. The funny thing is this stuff plays into Rios’ hands.

Rios (31-1-1) has been fighting at a high level for a long time. His brawling style comes from his street-fighter mind set and he prefers a firefight. He thrives when a fight gets emotional. This is the biggest bout if his life and his biggest payday, so bettors can count on getting Rios’ A-plus game.

Pacquiao will remain unemotional and will try to be precise and land his big punch to take out Rios. If Rios is somehow able to stay safe or take Pac-Man’s power, then he has a legitimate shot. A loss to Pacquiao could send the Filipino star on the road to retirement but the bookmakers don’t think Rios can do it.

Miguel Iturrate covers boxing for Follow him on Twitter at @MMAMiguel.

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Posted by jim8165
3 years ago

Pac-Man do it to make all those suffering from Yolanda feel better. Your grieving nation is depending on you. The Hammer

Posted by ArloPhoto83
3 years ago

How could you not go with Rios, straight up +400, or to win by DEC or TECH DEC at +1200... Def not throwing money into the wind on this one, prob a friggin paycheck... Pac has got to much going on in his life (politics, family, a high contributor and face of his religious community). And if he wins, SO WHAT!!! What does it bring, not any major payday/legacy fights, for at least 2 more fights (Bradley rematch and ??? fight). Rios has more to gain. I looked at the line the first time thinking, PAC, at the most -210. This line is absurd for the price your getting on a guy who has 1 loss in a decision (a rematch that was right after fighting Alvarado in his previous fight, the guy knew his tricks, and the fight could have went either way, 1 draw, and 31 wins (Has been fighting at a high level for some time)...TAKE THE PRICE, especially when it comes to fighting, and ESPECIALLY in a situation like this... 50/600 on a DEC and 100/400 STRAIGHT UP...C'MON MAN

Posted by nc1capper
3 years ago

Yawn - PAC is shot,
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Posted by nc1capper
3 years ago

"Yawn - PAC is shot, "