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Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2. 38 Kos) will look to get back on track after suffering two straight defeats that cost him his status as the world's pound-for-pound king, as all eyes will be on him when he collides with Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on November 23 in Macau, China.
Timothy Bradley, who was responsible for one of the recent defeats suffered by the former Filipino champion, believes that Pacquiao will bounce back with a huge win against the American brawler.
Bradley, who scored an infamous split-decision victory over Pacquiao in the World Boxing Organization welterweight title showdown in June last year, said that Pacquiao's speed and power will be in full display in his upcoming comeback fight.
"I definitely will pick Pacquiao in this fight. I think he has a lot left in the tank. I think his speed, his movement, his power that he carries; I think he'll be able to display it against Brandon Rios, because, Brandon Rios is straight forward. His head don't move to the side," Bradley said when asked about his prediction on the upcoming Pacquiao vs Rios showdown, BoxingScene reported.
Bradley added that Rios is definitely a tough opponent, but he pointed out that the rugged style of the 27-year-old American, nicknamed "Bam Bam", is tailor-made for a fighter like Pacquiao, who is expected to go all out to erase the bitter memory of his knockout loss to rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December last year.
"You know, Brandon Rios is a very tough opponent. He comes to fight. If you really know Manny Pacquiao, guys who come straight at him, he does his best work when guys come straight at him," Bradley said. "Brandon Rios is a smaller guy. They probably are the same size, but he's coming up from 135 to 140 and now 147. I don't know if the weight is suitable for him to come in at 147."
While he is quite sure with his prediction, Bradley, who will defend his WBO welterweight title against Marquez on October 12 in Las Vegas, pointed out that the Pacquiao - Rios clash will definitely be a good and action-packed showdown fight fans will absolutely enjoy.