Nonito Donaire Picks His Countryman Pacquiao Over Rios

“Of course [I’m with] with Pacquiao… for me boksingero ako, I’m a fighter. I look at it in a different light. Kung tatanungin mo ako, I would say that Pacquiao still has the edge kase he has the speed,” stated Nonito Donaire in a recent interview.

Aside from the fact that Pacquiao is Donaire’s countryman, I think that most people out there would agree with Donaire that Pacquiao is very likely to come out a dominating winner in his fight against Rios.

Does Pacquiao have the edge and the speed over Rios as Donaire suggests? Definitely.

The main edge that Manny has is ring experience. Time in the ring against top notch competition cannot be traded or bought; one has to be good enough and lucky enough to land those fights.

Of course there is also the physical aspect of their competitiveness. Rios is younger and hungry for the win. Pacquiao is a seasoned champion with a variety of competitors that he had disposed of. Manny is probably faster is undoubtedly stronger than Rios, but at some point in time, all that goes away as people get older.

Notice, I did not say old, but instead used the term ‘older’. Like a puzzle being taken apart, physical attributes diminish slowly. So will Pacquiao enter the ring against Rios as an ‘older’ fighter, or will he be the same Manny Pacquiao that shocked the world by dominating most of his competition?


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Brandon Rios Warns Pacquiao That He Is Not Just Another Margarito

“To me I think and I felt that from his camp, I’m another Margarito… just coming forward and take a beating. That’s not gonna happen. I’m younger and coming up in weight and I want that fame,” said the Brandon Rios in a recent interview.

Unfortunately all those reasons have been given before, and it’s clear that they simply don’t cut it. Coming up in weight and wanting fame, seem like default reasons for doing anything in any sport, but physically and stylistically boxing requires more than someone simply wanting to win. Rios is diving in the pool with a shark, and not just any shark, he is diving in a pool with a very hungry and pissed of shark that is Manny Pacquiao. Manny wants to be back in the spotlight, and just because he has been there before, he will work that much harder to get there again.

Is Brandon Rios the same a Antonio Margarito? Of course they are not the same, just very similar. Coming forward and taking a beating is hardly what Margarito did, but it sure as hell looked like it. Margarito’s intent was to win the fight by using his size and power. Rios is likely planning on the same approach. If he is planning on outperforming Pacquiao in a technical boxing match, luck wouldn’t be enough for Rios.

And it’s not because Pacquiao is a master technician in the ring, far from it, but because Pacquiao will keep coming forward, for the entire 12 rounds if need be. Manny’s stamina and phenomenal power is what will play a role in this fight, and the only way he can lose, if by being once again knocked out, which is not as realistic of a scenario as it would be against Marquez or Mayweather Jr.

This fight was made for Pacquiao to win, and I am sorry to say, but there is very little strategic advice to be given to Rios. Survive and try to land as much as he can, would be the best way to go about it for team Rios. Of course Brandon is a true fighter and champion, thus this kind of advice would not fly.

He wholeheartedly believes that he will win this fight, and will use everything in his arsenal to make that happen. I am excited to see this fight, but for a very one sided reason: I just want to see Pacquiao back in the ring dominating as he used to at some point in time.


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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez On The Same Card In Tune-Up Fights In April?

Bob Arum never ceases to amaze. This time around, Top Rank is thinking of organizing a doubleheader, with Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez fighting different opponents on the same card as a tune up for their fifth bout sometime in September.

Is this amazing or what? Arums is thinking of April 20th as the magic date, and if he can make this far-fetched promise a reality, I think it would be one of the best cards in boxing history.

But let’s use our best imagination and assume this was indeed happening. Who could Manny Pacquiao and Marquez fight? Maybe Pacquiao can fight Rios while Marquez takes on Bradley as a tune up? Or vice versa? While I wound not recommend neither Manny nor Juan to fight those fights, I guess if it does happen than Bradley and Rios would be great for a financially promising tune-up fight.

I can see how if both Pacquiao and Marquez were to decisively win their tune-up fights, their proposed fifth bout would instantly gain significance as well as fan excitement. I assume that there will be an entire army of people wondering of what would happen if either or even both of them lost, and I do agree that in boxing that’s very possible. Having said that, possible and probable are not the same, and Pacquiao losing to Rios and Marquez losing to Bradley seem unlikely. Win or lose, a doubleheader involving those two would sell out no problem.


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