Former two-time heavyweight champ George Foreman feels that Brandon Rios can pull off the upset

Former two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson –


By Chris Robinson

On paper, tonight’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios clash from the Venetian Resort’s Coati Arena in Macau, China sees several advantages lying with Pacquiao.

Not only is Rios moving up in weight, he has yet to deal with a southpaw with so many weapons as Pacquiao, including speed, power, and the ability to throw punches from a variety of angles.

Rios’ crude and pressing style has seen him do well thus far, but some feel that he may be tailor made for Pacquiao.

According to two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman, however, it is Rios who may be able to work his way towards a victory in the later rounds.

“We’ll know after six rounds,” Foreman revealed during his time with the media at the Palazzo in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon. “Because, after six rounds, if Brandon Rios is smart, he’ll start bringing it on. And then, by the eleventh round, Brandon Rios may be laying the groundwork for a knockout himself of Pacquiao. It can happen.”

Coming off of a horrific knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez this past December, Foreman isn’t sure what version of Pacquiao we are going to see.

“Manny, like I said, a lot of questions he’s going to have to ask himself,” Foreman stated. “They start really multiplying after the third round. ‘Do I really want to box? Should I really be in this fight?’ Just bombarded with a lot of questions and you may not have the answers.”

Foreman feels that the concerns for Pacquiao, who is nearing 35 years of age, should be not about his physical abilities but more about his mental state.

“When you lose and you’ve been accustomed to all of these victories, and especially by knockout, you are actually devastated,” said Foreman. “But you come back, it just takes a lot of time.

“Has Pacquiao had enough time?” Foreman asked. “Because he’s not only got to say to himself ‘Physically I’m ready’ but ‘Mentally, I’m just not the same guy anymore’. He might not be able to muster up that kind of confidence.”

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