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Pacquiao vs. Rios Will Test Strength of Foreign Soil PPV

Macao – Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will strap on his gloves on a Sunday morning when he takes on Brandon Rios in Macau, as promoters cash in on the lucrative US pay-per-view market.

In an almost unprecedented move, America's top promoter Bob Arum announced Saturday that the November 24 fight will begin at 10am, ensuring a prime-time Saturday night audience in America.

The unorthodox start time copies the strategy used back in 1975, when Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier in the legendary “Thrilla in Manila”, which kicked off at 10.45am.

“November 24 will be an historic occasion. It's expected this event will reach more people than any event held in China, other than the Olympics,” said Arum, who is striving to penetrate the country of 1.3 billion potential fight fans.

“The fight will be live here at about 10am on Sunday, which is 9pm on Saturday night in New York, the usual time to start a pay-per-view show.”

Arum made the announcement at a press conference at Macau's Venetian resort-hotel, which will play host to the biggest bout in China's history.

Pacquiao, whose record stands at 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts, will be searching for a convincing win if he wants to extend his fight career, following a pair of consecutive losses.

In December last year he suffered an excruciating defeat during his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez, whose hammerblow right at the end of the sixth sent the Filipino crashing to the canvas.

Following the knockout the 34-year-old vowed to fight on, despite calls from family, friends and media commentators to call it a day.

As the fight's promotional tour kicked off, Rios (33-1-1 with 23 KOs) confidently told his detractors who “call me a punchbag” that he would secure victory over the former world champion in eight weight divisions.

The 27-year-old American told journalists: “I'm very nervous... I'm not nervous about the fight, I'm nervous about being in front of all you people.

“I will be ready, I will be in 100 percent health, 100 percent mentally and physically ready.

“I'm going to show the world, everybody that doubts me, everybody that talks bad about me, that say I'm a punching bag, they are going to see, November 24... Brandon Rios wins.”

Pacquiao, who broke down in tears on television following his December defeat, said: “I would like to thank God for another chance in my life to fight again.

“It's going to be a good fight because Rios, he likes to fight.

“What we have to do is to train hard and prepare 100 percent physically and mentally and of course we always pray to God nobody gets hurt.”

His trainer, the veteran Freddie Roach, added: “We will be back on top soon.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by edgarg on 07-27-2013

[QUOTE=lfc19titles;13595449]lol you are a the very definition of a loser who basis his whole life on someone who would sht on your if he ever met you the whole forum knows manny shagged your mother which is why you hate…

Comment by edgarg on 07-27-2013

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;13595369]Macau will be the future of boxing. Just think about how big this gate and PPV numbers are gonna be. November 24, the new era of boxing begins.[/QUOTE] The Venetian holds only 15,000 seats, I wonder if they have outside…

Comment by edgarg on 07-27-2013

[QUOTE=flint;13595239]arum said that pac won't ever fight in the U.S. anymore because of the taxes. but he wants america to buy the PPV. i was'nt born in america but ive made a good life here. i'm one that won't be…

Comment by edgarg on 07-27-2013

[QUOTE=junior gong;13595068]I always wonder why grubby little floms always go on about this...its toecurling, embarrasing stuff, funny though. As far as the ppv goes, yeah its a good one, mainly because the undercard fight(lucas-garcia) pisses all over the main event.…

Comment by lfc19titles on 07-27-2013

[QUOTE=flint;13595657]that shows that your mother blew him before marquez put him to sleep. since your mom did that and she did birth you into this world. and pacquiao did get put to sleep. all three of you are losers[/QUOTE] LMFAO:rofl::rofl:…

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