Look who's back!
Manny Pacquiao will return to the squared circle later this year when he takes on Brandon Rios in a 12-round welterweight showdown at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao, China, on Nov. 24, 2013, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
Because of the difference in time zones, the fight will air live on Nov. 23 in the United States.
It's been a rough stretch for Pacquiao (54-5-2), who saw his 15-fight winning streak snapped by a bogus split decision loss to Timothy Bradley last June in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Pac Man" tried to get back on his horse in a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez later that year in "Sin City," but was knocked clean out in the sixth round (see the GIF here).
At 34 years old, there isn't a lot of wiggle room in the win/loss department.
Also trying to rebound from a recent loss in Rios (31-1-1), who suffered the first defeat of his career by way of unanimous decision in a rematch against Mike Alvarado last March at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The 27 year-old "Bam Bam" has 23 wins by way of knockout.
While the much ballyhooed "super fight" against Floyd Mayweather is now nothing more than an opportunity lost, it would only take a few convincing wins by Pacquiao -- or perhaps one loss by "Money" -- to get the combat sports community to reconsider.
Judging by his performance against Robert Guerrero last weekend (see it here), I'd say the onus is on Pacquiao. It will be interesting to see how the Filipino fight phenom responds after being planted his last time out, but I'm sure Bob Arum, as well as the crew at HBO Boxing, are hoping for
more money the best.
We'll find out in just a few months.