A respected boxing coach and former world champions agree that Manny Pacquiao’s killer speed and ruthless aggression will easily beat Mexican-American Brandon ‘Bam-Bam’ Rios to a pulp when they clash Saturday night at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
Pacquiao, 34, wasn’t look muscularly large during the formal weigh-in Saturday morning at the Venetian Hotel. He was even larger when he fought Mexican long time archrival Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Rios, 27, tipped the scales heavier at 146.5 lbs while Pacquiao made it 145 lbs.
But experts believed that Pacquiao’s present condition and form is more dangerous than during his last year’s two fights, where he looked imposing by the bulk of his muscles but lost by split decision to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley and was knocked out by Marquez.
“Pacquiao’s new look will give him the edge to move faster than his previous fights in all angles and Rios is on trouble,” said former two-time world champion Luisito Espinosa in an interview in his social networking site. “He looks very comfortable.”
Even Pacquiao’s biggest critic – father of unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. – is convinced that Rios (31-1-1 win-loss-draw card with 23 knockouts) won’t win over Pacquiao (54-5-2 card with 38 knockouts) in this fight.
Rios “is tough and strong, he hits hard, but he is too damn slow. If he’s too slow, it looks to me like to go Pacquiao’s way,” Floyd Sr. told reporter Chris Robinson of www.boxingnews24.com. “It’s going to be a tough fight for him unless he knocks out Rios.”
Rios’ nemesis Mike Alvarado, who got even with Rios last March in their rematch fight, said Pacquiao is an A class fighter and the Mexican-American fighter is far from that level.
“Brandon’s a better boxer than people give him credit for,” Alvarado’s trainer Shann Vilhauer said to Nick Groke of Denver Post. “Problem is, he’s a Pacquiao-level fighter, but not a Pacquiao-level boxer. Pacquiao is that good.”
JOSEF T. RAMOS