Fight of the Decade Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will make his long awaited return to the boxing ring against former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in a 12-round welterweight bout, Saturday, November 23, at The Venetian’s CotaiArena in Macao, China on HBO Pay-Per-View, starting at 9/6 PM ET/PT.
Many questions are going to be answered on Saturday night as former world champion Manny Pacquiao and his famed trainer Freddie Roach will try to make a comeback after a year long lay-off from the ring and suffering a knockout loss that left the Pacman unconscious lying face first on the canvas.
In Pacquiao and Roach’s way is Brandon Rios and his trainer Robert Garcia, a tough pairing from Oxnard, California who are eager to test the Pacman’s chin and capitalize on the opportunity of a lifetime. Rios has already held a title at lightweight but quickly had difficulty making the weight so he outgrew the division and moved up to light welterweight where he stopped Mike Alvarado in their first meeting, but lost a decision to him in the rematch. This will be Rios first fight at welterweight but he will still have the advantage in size and strength over Pacquiao who doesn’t weigh in more than 145 pounds.
The undercard will also feature China’s greatest Olympic boxer two time gold medalist Zou Shiming. He spent his training camp in the Philippines with Manny Pacquiao since both of them share the same trainer Freddie Roach. Shiming a flyweight also sparred the much bigger Pacquiao which was a unique experience for both fighters. Shiming will take on Juan Tozcano in a 6 round flyweight bout.
Watch the Pacquiao-Rios and Zou Shiming-Juan Tozcano fight results live on HBO Pay-Per-View.