According to a report Wednesday on ProBoxingInsider.com, World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco Valcarcel, believes that Manny Pacquiao is in for a tough night when he takes on Brandon Rios in Macau on Nov. 23.
“Rios is a tough fight for anybody. He can fight and he’s not afraid of anything. He has this no surrender, no retreat style,” said Valcarcel.
Both coming off of disappointing defeats, Brandon Rios and Manny Pacquiao are scheduled to face off on Nov. 23 at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort and Casino in Macau for the WBO International title.
At 34, Pacquiao has suffered consecutive defeats. First he dropped a split decision to Timothy Bradley in a fight most boxing experts thought he had won. Following that loss, he suffered a brutal knockout at the hands of longtime foe Juan Manuel Marquez. After the knockout, many thought that it was all over for Manny Pacquiao, and that perhaps it was time for him to hang up the gloves and move on to the next stage in his life.
But Valcarcel believes that is a decision to be made by Manny Pacquiao, and not boxing fans.
“He is the only guy that knows it’s over. He was winning the Marquez fight, while the loss to Bradley was very controversial,” he said.
As this fight shows, Macau has become the newest destination for big-time boxing events. In addition to this show, Top Rank has already held two big events there featuring some of the best fighters of Asia, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming, who was the headliner both times.
Valcarcel believes that fighting in Macau, which is much closer to the Philippines, may provide a boost in confidence for Manny Pacquiao.
“It’s like fighting at home with a huge Filipino crowd,” he said.
An impressive win by Pacquiao will put him right back in the thick of things, while a win by Brandon Rios will give him a career defining victory.