Tag Archives: Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios

Roy Jones Jr. sheds insight into Pacquiao’s comeback vs. Rios and eyes a Bradley rematch

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Chris Robinson continues to speak with boxing legend and former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in Big Bear, Calif. as he gives his thoughts on the return of Manny Pacquiao this past November as well as a rematch with Tim Bradley.

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Jean Pascal talks Pacquiao vs. Maidana, Mayweather’s Instagram taunts, and the promotional cold war

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Chris Robinson catches up with former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal amidst his Big  Bear training camp ahead of his upcoming clash with Lucian Bute.

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Brandon Rios lashes out at VADA: ‘They’re trying to point fingers at other people but they don’t point the finger at themselves’

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On Friday, Dec. 13, the boxing world was caught off guard when it was revealed that former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios had failed his post-fight drug test following his defeat to Manny Pacquiao.

Rios, who dropped a unanimous decision to Pacquiao on Nov. 23 in Macau, China, was found to have traces of methylhexaneamine in his system. The drug is commonly associated with dietary purposes.

Robert Garcia reacts to the news that Brandon Rios failed his drug-test following loss to Pacquiao

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Robert Garcia speaks to various media members following RingTV.com’s Tim Smith report that Brandon Rios, who passed four of the VADA-administered tests leading up to his match against Pacquiao, failed the urine test after the fight. He tested positive for the banned substance methylexanamine, a stimulant that is commonly known as dimenthylamylamine or DMAA and has been used in dietary supplements.

Robert Garcia says Brandon Rios is ‘good’ following his loss; feels a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch should happen

Robert Garcia speaking in San Antonio, Tex. (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

On Nov. 23, former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios had a rough go of things when he stepped inside of the Venetian Resort’s Coati Arena in Macau, China to face off with Manny Pacquiao.

Rios was soundly out boxed over the course of twelve rounds by the Filipino icon, as Pacquiao was simply too sharp and active throughout the night as he pulled out a clear unanimous decision verdict.

In the wake of his second consecutive defeat, it remains to be seen how Rios will be guided come 2014.

Speaking with the Kansas native’s trainer Robert Garcia this week in San Antonio, Tex. ahead of the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana event at the Alamodome, he reflected on the Pacquiao setback.

Robert Garcia speaks on Brandon Rios’ return and a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch

Chris Robinson catches up with former junior lightweight champion and current day trainer Robert Garcia in San Antonio, Texas as he speaks on the return of his fighter Brandon Rios following his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao. Garcia also speaks on a Pacquiao rematch with Tim Bradley

Floyd Mayweather claims that he has nothing negative to say about Manny Pacquiao in the wake of the Rios aftermath

In the ring with Floyd Mayweather (Photo: HoganPhotos.com)

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By Chris Robinson

During my recent conversation with Floyd Mayweather, the five-division world champion spoke on his scheduled return to the ring this coming May 3 in Las Vegas.

While not calling out any specific names for who he could be facing next, Mayweather did claim that whoever he meets is going to help him “do good numbers”, referring to his standing as the sport’s biggest pay per view draw.

Upon hearing Mayweather mention his star power, I instantly flashed to the reports that the Nov. 23 Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios HBO pay per view match had generated just 475,000 buys.

That number from Pacquiao was lower than many expected from him, as the Filipino star had stamped himself as a legitimate attraction in recent years by pulling successful numbers against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Marquez and others.

Bob Arum reveals plans to stage a third fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado next year

The dialogue with veteran promoter Bob Arum continues, as he speaks on Brandon Rios’ effort in his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao while eyeing a possible third match with Mike Alvarado next year

Bob Arum feels the vintage Manny Pacquiao is back; compares the Rios performance to his showcase vs. De La Hoya

Manny Pacquiao tagging Oscar De La Hoya during their December 2008 clash (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Following his unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios last month, the reviews for Manny Pacquiao’s return bout were generally positive.

Inside of the Venetian Resort’s Coati Arena in Macau, China, Pacquiao showed himself to be well up to the task, as he tagged Rios all night long while showing enough defensive prowess and footwork to stay out of harm’s way.

The fight was Pacquiao’s first match in eleven months, dating back to his knockout loss this past December to Juan Manuel Marquez.

Catching up with Bob Arum on Monday afternoon, the veteran promoter revealed that a big reason why Pacquiao looked so refreshed was his decision to train in his hometown of General Santos City, Philippines as opposed to staging another camp in Los Angeles.

Bob Arum believes that Pacquiao looked just like he did vs. De La Hoya during Rios victory

Chris Robinson catches up with veteran promoter Bob Arum, as he speaks on the big victory from Manny Pacquiao last month over Brandon Rios in Macau, China. Arum believes that Pacquiao showed vintage form, and feels he looked just like he did during his performance against Oscar De La Hoya in late 2008.

Pacquiao-Rios bonus footage: Brandon spars with prospect Erick De Leon in a month before the fight

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Bonus footage from the training camp of former lightweight titlist Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios in Oxnard, Calif. as he puts in some rounds inside of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy with lightweight prospect Erick De Leon one month before his big fight against Manny Pacquiao in Macau, China

Roger Mayweather feels Manny Pacquiao would need to stop Tim Bradley in order to create buzz for a fight with Floyd

Roger Mayweather inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

Following his unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios last weekend, the future again seems bright for former pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.

The Venetian Resort’s Coati Arena in Macau, China played host to Pacquiao’s ring return following his disastrous knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez last year, as he peppered Rios all night with sharp combinations while displaying his trademark speed of hand and foot.

Veteran trainer and former two-division world champion Roger Mayweather was able to take a minute to assess the Filipino icon’s future moving forward during a recent conversation at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

J’Leon Love talks Dec. 6 return, Pacquiao vs. Rios, Broner vs. Maidana, and what he learned in 2013

Chris Robinson catches up with middleweight propsect J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KO’s) inside of the the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this clip, Love discusses his Dec. 6 return again Lajuan Simon, what he learned in 2013, Manny Pacquiao’s victory over Brandon Rios, and the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana fight

Al Mitchell on Bradley-Pacquiao II and the big years from Floyd Mayweather and Danny Garcia

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Chris Robinson catches up with trainer Al Mitchell inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, as he speaks on such topics as his fighter Chris Pearson’s upcoming fight on Dec. 6, a possible rematch between Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, the big years from Floyd Mayweather and Danny Garcia, and how boxing has changed over the years

Abel Sanchez feels Ruslan Provodnikov is too durable and relentless for Manny Pacquiao to take on in his next fight

Ruslan Provodnikov hammering Mike Alvarado in Denver last month (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Well-versed in several aspects of the sport, trainer Abel Sanchez is a good source to turn to when you are looking for some boxing feedback.

Tucked away in Big Bear Mountain in Southern California for most of the year, Sanchez’s Summit Gym plays host to a bevy of world-class fighters from across the globe, including WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

Asked for his take on boxing’s most recent big event, Sanchez seemed to feel that Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios this past Saturday night in Macau, China went according to the script.

Ashley Theophane feels matchmaking was a key part of Manny Pacquiao’s ring return

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Chris Robinson catches up with British contender Ashley Theophane inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club on Monday, Nov. 25, as he speaks on the recent Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios fight and why Manny was able to have success in the match

Abel Sanchez feels Ruslan Provodnikov is too durable and relentless for Pacquiao right now

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Chris Robinson catches up with veteran trainer Abel Sanchez, as he speaks on Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in Macau, China. Hear what Sanchez had to say about Pacquiao’s performance and why fights against Floyd Mayweather and Ruslan Provodnikov don’t make sense right now

Larry Merchant feels Freddie Roach has again reinvented Pacquiao; calls a Bradley rematch an even fight

Manny Pacquiao following his spirited victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

The spotlight shined bright upon Manny Pacquiao this past weekend, as he returned to the ring against Brandon Rios in an effort to find out if he still has some of the same magic in him that saw him stamp himself as one of this generation’s elite prizefighters.

Inside of the Venetian Resort’s Coati Arena in Macau, China, Pacquiao offered up an impressive display by hammering Rios with a bevy of punches from various angles as he carved out a wide unanimous decision victory.

Watching the action unfold from ringside, longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant had a strong curiosity as to how Pacquiao would show himself following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez this past December.

Larry Merchant feels that Freddie Roach has again reinvented Manny Pacquiao’s style

In the first part of his exclusive interview with Chris Robinson, longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant speaks on Manny Pacquiao’s victory unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in Macau, China on Saturday, November 23, revealing how he believes the Filipino star has changed up his style again under trainer Freddie Roach

Has Manny Pacquiao put the loss to Juan Manuel Marquez behind him? [Post-fight coverage]

Post-fight coverage from the Venetian Resort’s Coati Arena in Macau, China as eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao speaks to the press following his unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios. In this clip, Pacquiao