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Pacquiao-Rios/Alvarado on 10/12, Marquez-Bradley Close

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

With the increasing likelihood that the two men who beat Manny Pacquiao last year may face each other in the second week of September at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Pacquiao is left to choose between Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike Alvarado for a scheduled October 12 fight date.

Pacquiao had wanted to fight Marquez for a fifth time in an effort to avenge his stunning 6th round knockout by the Mexican legend at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last December 8 but is likely to have to settle for Rios or Alvarado who are both exciting fighters.

Rios and Alvarado have engaged in two action-packed bouts with Rios winning their first meeting by a 7th round TKO at the Home Depot in Carson City, California on the undercard of the Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire – Jeffrey Mathebula unification  super bantamweight title fight, but subsequently dropping a twelve round unanimous decision in the rematch  at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel & Casino on March 30 this year in a clash for the WBO Interim light welterweight title.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that the Marquez-Bradley fight “looks like it will happen” although it hasn’t been finalized as yet which would leave Pacquiao “to fight either Alvarado or Rios.”

Alvarado is the WBO 140 pound interim champion while Rios is ranked No.1.

Arum also told us the Pacquiao ring return following his shocking 6th round knockout at the hands of Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last December 8 may take place in Singapore instead of the Venetian in Macau but that a decision will be known by Wednesday.

Pacquiao himself is right now deeply involved in the election campaign in Sarangani province where wife Jinkee is running for vice governor and brother Rogelio is seeking the congressional seat in General Santos City against Pedro Acharon, formerly a close friend of Pacquiao.

Pacquiao is also reportedly supporting several other candidates running for various positions in the local elections.

However, he keeps in shape by playing basketball.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jselth on 04-24-2013

You're wrong, Donaire didn't beat Mathebula on the undercard of Rios-Alvarado I in Carson in October 2012, he beat Toshiaki Nishioka.

Comment by lutenco on 04-24-2013

RIOS will risk his life if he fights MANNY,he fights without move his head so he will go out worse than MARGARITO;Alvarado takes too many shots so he will risk his life too.Now that a lucky punch put to sleep…

Comment by A.P on 04-24-2013

Top rank wanted this fight with PAC and rios remember they were say if rios wins he's next fight he gets the PAC fight but since he lost and PAC lost his last fight bob going to put it in…

Comment by littlemac on 04-24-2013

Pac and his Paklas will choose Rios cause Alvarado will be too slick and school and make Pac look even dumber.

Comment by TLC8 on 04-24-2013

Are you kidding me..... who wouldn't want to see that fight! Rios is a stupid fighter, but loves to fight, stands right in front of you, can't move, won't move... which is why he got beat so easily by Alvarado.…

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