Filipino superstar Manny
Pacquiao's return to the ring against the unyielding Brandon Rios
on November 23rd will be brought to UK
fight fans live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin
The eagerly anticipated matchup
which sees Pacquiao make his first return to the ring since his
devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez will pit him
against one of boxing's most relentless warriors in the shape of
Rios, in a bout certain to produce fireworks.
The 12-round welterweight rumble,
taking place at The Venetian's CotaiArena in Macao, China
represents a sink or swim matchup for both men who go into the
fight with everything on the line as they look to bounce back in
spectacular fashion following their recent defeats.
Despite his status as a global
boxing icon and being regarded as the 'Fighter of the Decade',
Pacquiao, will not have it all his own way when he steps in against
a former world champion in Rios, famed for his never-say-die
attitude and outspoken nature.
The clash will also see the WBO
international welterweight title up for grabs, in the biggest fight
in the world that weekend.
"Brandon Rios is the biggest test
out there for me and I will be ready to meet the challenge," said
Pacquiao. "I have heard what Brandon has been saying. If he fights
as well as he boasts it will be a great fight for us and the
"Out with the old, in with the new .
. . and I'm the new! Manny, this is my time," said Rios.
Jim McMunn, General Manager of
BoxNation, said: "We are delighted to continue bringing British
fight fans the best possible matchups out there.
"Anyone who knows boxing knows
that this fight is going to be an explosive all-action affair, with
two of the most exciting boxers in the sport today. It is such an
intriguing fight as we all want to see if Pacquiao can throw his
name back into the pound-for-pound mix or if a new superstar will
be born in Rios.
"BoxNation is committed to
deliver the best bouts out there at great value to our customers
and it's fantastic we have managed to secure yet another 'Fight of
the Year' candidate in the form of Pacquiao-Rios."