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Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios predictions
We're just one day away from Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios showdown from Macau, China, which will be broadcast live on HBO PPV, beginning at 9 p.m.
Here are some expert opinions.
Holt McCallany, actor: Brandon Rios is a tough fighter with good power and a great young trainer in Robert Garcia, but it won't be enough in Macau this Saturday against former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Look for Manny to return to glory by using his speed and superior skills to frustrate the younger Rios en route to a dramatic stoppage in the middle rounds that will have the boxing public once again calling for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.
Jamel Herring (Coram), junior welterweight: I'm going with Manny Pacquiao. No disrespect to Brandon Rios. He's good, but I look at this as an Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito II
Titus Williams (Elmont), super featherweight: I believe the experience level and speed will be the difference in the fight and Manny Pacquiao will win. It will be a late knockout or unanimous decision for Pacquiao
Bobby Cassidy, Newsday: It's easy to say that Manny Pacquiao is at the end of the line. His rise to the top was meteoric and often the fall is just as spectacular. But I don't believe that is the case with Pacquiao. He is still an elite fighter and Brandon Rios has never fought someone of this stature. Rios is as tough as they come, but he lacks the talent and speed to match Pac Man in this fight. I think Pacquiao wins a clear unanimous decision, with Rios' unyielding courage the only thing preventing this fight from ending early.
Marcus Henry, Newsday: With rumors circulating that Manny Pacquiao needs the money, you have to wonder where his focus is. Is this the same Pacquiao who blazed a trail from lightweight to welterweight, or is this a fighter who is more concerned with his out-of-the-ring life and suffered a devastating knockout recently? Brandon Rios is young, hungry and has a chin made of granite. His youth (27) will be the difference. Rios wins by a late-round stoppage.
Mario Gonzalez, professor of Journalism, Hofstra University: I think Manny Pacquiao will return to his old form and beat Brandon Rios by 8th Round KO.