November 21st, 2013 By Jarrad Woods

Manny "Aging" Pacquiao

Manny “Aging” Pacquiao

PACQUIAO-RIOS IS EXPLOSIVE!New York, NY- This weekend marks Manny Pacquiao’s (54-5-2 38 KOs) return to the ring as he faces
Brandon Rios

Brandon Rios

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1 23 KOs) in a welterweight (147 lb) scrap being held in Macau, China. After losing his last bout via devastating knockout courtesty of the right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez last year, speculation has mounted over Manny’s future, as he appears to be on the decline in recent bouts. There have also been rumors of early Parkinson’s syndrome, secret surgeries to fix broken bones in his face and jaw and some simply believe that the old Manny Pacquiao is long gone. As fans and media mull over the Pacman’s future and debate on whether he is or isn’t the great fighter he once was, he’ll prepare for a significant bout that can place him back on top or end his career for good.


Brandon Rios is about as straight forward as it gets, in every sense. He doesn’t possess many wrinkles, slick defensive moves or surprises. He is a brawler, that comes forward and enjoys being hit almost as much as he enjoys dishing out punishment. Although Pacquiao isn’t the consummate technical boxer, he is effective against brawlers because he possesses greater speed and agility. It’s likely that he can beat Brandon to the punch from the outside and moves enough to avoid multiple flush punches.


Brandon Rios and his team, including coach, Robert Garcia believe Manny is fading and is ripe for the plucking. With two back to back losses, one a devastating knock out, it appears team Rios expects Manny to be less of a threat than he was just a few years ago. Although this fight has been speculated on for quite some time, it is likely that this is the best time for Rios to face Manny, given some of the factors involved.


For the first time, Pacquiao has inexplicably agreed to participate in random VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) drug screening. This alone was the purpose that initial talks broke down between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in 2010. Several fighters have adopted a positive attitude towards testing as many have been caught using everything from synthetic testosterone to banned diuretics in recent years. This would seem to be an advantage to Rios as Pacquiao had previously complained about becoming weak after having his blood drawn, among other issues. If there an ounce of truth to that, Rios potentially has an advantage, at least mentally coming into Saturday’s bout.


Another factor here, is that Rios has employed former Pacquiao strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza. Ariza and Freddie Roach apparently didn’t see eye to eye which resulted in Ariza being fired and ousted from the Pacquiao inner circle last year. Ariza know’s Pacquiao well, and if he know’s he half as good as former Tampa Bay Buc’s coach, John Gruden knew the Oakland Raiders in the 2003 Superbowl, Pacquiao’s in trouble.


As reported by many boxing outlet’s, team Rios and team Pacquiao clashed a couple of days ago due to an overlap of booked gym time in China. Freddie Roach reportedly scheduled Pacquiao’s gym time at 11am, but Rios and his crew were running over and this caused Freddie to verbally attack Robert Garcia and others. Pacquio’s former strength coach, Ariza WWE front kicked Freddie in the chest, mocked his Parkinson’s (low blow) and called him a homosexual. Other’s got involved and Freddie apparently made comments about the Mexican ancestry of team Rios, referring to them as, “stupid” and asked for Ariza to be arrested for assault.


This is a toss up fight in a sense. If we consider Manny damaged goods due to a devastating knock out which many fighters never seem to come back from, Rios is the likely winner. But both fighter’s are coming off losses and if Manny can employ some of the tactics used by Mike Alvarado, it could become an easy night. This is especially true if Manny can channel some anger due to the blatant disrespect of his coaches health and condition by not only Ariza, but Rios himself in the past alongside former Pacquiao opponent, Antonio Margarito. I think this will be a factor and long with Manny’s experience and determination, I believe he will win by decision of possible late stoppage.

Jarrad Woods


  1. A fair article and I say a good article to read. But I have some disagreement on your article and they are as follows:

    1. PacMan never disagree in drug testing. It was just the timing disagreement between him and Mayweather. It is just a matter of a week difference between what Mayweather and what PacMan wants?
    2. I do not know why that ungrateful Ariza is a wildcard at all? I do not know what he can share to Rios that all of us already know.
    3. It was not Freddie Roach who started the melee but the indiscipline of the Rios camp by not following the schedule given to them. And their mocking of Freddie Roach and Ariza’s unclassic act of hitting Freddie Roach is deplorable and despicable.

    insurgent22360 on November 22nd, 2013 at 9:05 AM
  2. I’d call it Hydrogen Bomb.
    Pacman DID disagree on drug testing and i the internet is full of his fear of needles, weakening from blood being taken, superstitions, 3 weeks, no 2 weeks, back to 3 weeks, etc…
    How can you call someone providing a service for money ungrateful? Pac was not doing him a favor, he was paying for services. We don’t really know the whole story so I won’t comment on who started what but from the video Ariza only kicked when felt threatened by Roach.

    todaline on November 22nd, 2013 at 3:31 PM
  3. “insurgent22360″, Manny DID disagree because Olympic-style drug screening doesn’t have a cut off date. That was the main problem for making Mayweather-Pacquiao. Mayweather conceded for a 2 week lapse in testing before the fight and Manny refused and faced Clottey. I’m not sure what the situation is now, but he appears to now be open to at least some extended testing protocols, because he’s previously made SEVERAL excuses for not wanting to participate in the past. Also, that clash was not at Wild Card. It was in a gym both camps were sharing in China. Obviously, Ariza can’t do anything but help Rios if he was a key member of Pacquiao’s inner circle. And lastly, I think Roach is clearly at fault here. He approached team Rios in a disrespectful manner, called Garcia a “POS” and was generally combative, even as he approached Ariza will balled fists. He could have handled it differently, unless this is all hype.

    JW on November 22nd, 2013 at 3:38 PM

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