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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

ESPNs First Take: Brandon Rios's goal, to stop Manny Pacquiao's plan

Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and his opponent on November 23, 2013, Mexican Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios visited ESPN headquarters in Bristol as part of their U.S. Press Tour on August 5, 2013, that kicked-off in Asia in July.

Pacquiao was very game during the interview and as always he used to be, was laughing most of the time. When Pacquaio was asked about why he chose to fight the younger, Brandon Rios instead of any other fighter for just a tune-up fights.

Pacquiao answered that, "We pick Rios, a top opponent, because... we are not thinking about... another tune up fight...” Pacquiao continued saying that "I wanted to show up that I'm still okay, I'm okay..."

Base on Pacquiao's answer to this question, for me, it suggests only two things: Pacquiao is damn stern about coming back to the top immediately, and with the best fighter out there.  He chose Rios for his comeback fight, hoping for a spectacular win, maybe by stoppage, in an all action fight.

Rios knows only how to come forward. He wants to fight. He wants to trade punch by punch. This is Rios style. Paired with Pacquiao style, this is going to be an entertaining fight that the new boxing market, in China, would love to watch. And would crave for more of Pacquiao performance, if he will win according to plan.

But the question is how sure Pacquiao will win from a guy like Rios? For me, chances are 50/50.

Brandon Rios has a different plan. Rios said that "My goal is to win and be ready". It is pretty clear to Rios that everything has been planned for Pacquiao, through Top Rank promotion: to win against him, conquer the Chinese market, and get back in line and “perhaps” fight 'Money' Mayweather Jr.

"My goal is to stop that and prevent that, my goal is to train and be ready with the best Manny Pacquiao ever, so my goal is to stop any other plans, anything, anybody, promotion, anybody..." continued Rios.

Pacquiao is so determined to fulfill his plan and Rios is so determine to spoil the plan.

Who do you think will win, THE PLANNER OR THE SPOILER? You may cast your vote on our poll, on the top-left-side of this page.

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