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Recap: HBO's '24/7: Pacquiao vs. Rios' episode 1
Episode 1 of HBO's "24/7: Pacquiao vs. Rios" didn't contain any fireworks, but it certainly had its share of moments.
Much of the start of this episode was spent going over Manny Pacquiao's crushing knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and introducing the audience to Brandon Rios. It proved a little slow for those who know the storylines, but it was certainly worthwhile getting to know a bit more about Rios.
Best spoken line, Manny Pacquiao: "I'm inspired right now because they think my boxing career is over... I'm not done yet."
Best Spoken line, Pacquiao, 2: "If you don't want to lose, then don't box, don't fight. I lost, it's okay. I'm not thinking maybe in my next fight, I'm scared because I am going to get hit like that again."
Best Spoken line, Brandon Rios. "This Mexican-American is going to retire Pacquiao."
Best Spoken line, Rios, 2: "To me, boxing is better than sex. That's how bad I love it."
Best Spoken line, Freddie Roach: "I've never seen Manny Pacquiao get hit with a shot like that before, a blind guy could see that coming." He was talking about Maquez's knockdown of Pacquiao in round two.
Best Spoken line, Roach, 2: "I'm not going to put Manny in a fight he can't win, I'm not going to put Manny in a fight he has a chance of getting hurt in. My number one job is to protect the fighter."
Training Manny Pacquiao on the agility ladder.
The Scenic view: The Great Wall of China.
Best written line: In two weeks, Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will reunite on the other side of the world. The impact will be felt far beyond.
Best supporting cast: Yao Ming -- Pacquiao was up to his elbow.
* Writer Aaron Cohen never missed a beat. The episode had many great lines - "Nothing is more universally celebrated than relentlessness" and "It has almost been one year since Manny Pacquiao awoke, on the floor of a ring in Las Vegas."
* Liked how the camera stayed on Pacquaio's speedbag at the close of the opening segment.
* Curious: Narrator Liev Schreiber's name appeared alone, on a black screen. It was the only credit in the episode. Was this HBO's way of saying to Showtime, "He was ours first!"? Schreiber has long been HBO's voice of 24/7 and some of it's finest sports documentaries. A much different voice than his role on Showtime's "Ray Donovan."
* Love Rios's honesty about how cool the press tour really was and how it made him just a little nervous. Particularly when he admitted that the first time he stood next to Pacquiao, he thought, "Wow, this is really happening."
* Not sure anyone saw it immediately after the fourth Marquez fight, but nice move by promoter Bob Arum to go straight to Jinkee Pacquiao.
* Great moment in Rios's corner during the Alvarado fight, during which he told his trainer how much he loved fighting.
* Jinkee Pacquiao asked her husband to retire after the fourth Marquez fight. He obviously did not. We'll see how that works out.