Today’s Bradley-Rios weigh-in open to the public

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Two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, both who have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively, will step on the scale for the official weigh-in today in the Margaux Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV. 89109). The fighters will step on the scale beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT. Fans are invited to attend!

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), of Odessa, Ukraine, his opponent, #7 world-rated contender Romulo Koasicha (24-4, 14 KOs), of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and 2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated #5 world-rated middleweight contender Ryota Murata (7-0, 5 KOs), from Tokyo, in his U.S. debut, are in the featured undercard bouts.

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day in Oxnard, California

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Oxnard, Ca.  —  Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios with his children: (l-r)  Brandon Jr.,  Mia and Camila Rodriguez wishes everyone Happy Halloween during media day at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy Tuesday in preparation for his upcoming world championship fight against Superstar Manny Pacquiao  Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.  — Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

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Ríos: Estoy listo para el mejor Pacquiao

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El ex campeón mundial ligero estadounidense Brandon “Bam Bam” Ríos se alista para su trascendental enfrentamiento ante el ex múltiple campeón mundial filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, en disputa del título intercontinental welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), que se encuentra vacante, que se desarrollará el próximo 24 de noviembre en el Cotai Arena del Venetian Resort de Macao, China, y que será televisado en vivo a través de HBO Pay-Per-View, a través del sistema de pago por evento comenzando a las 9 p.m. este/6 p.m. Pacifico (del sábado 23 de noviembre).

Convencido de que tiene lo necesario para salir victorioso, Ríos (31-1-1, 22 KOs) expresó lo que espera del duelo ante Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), en una conferencia de prensa telefónica desarrollada en la tarde del martes, de la que participó junto a su entrenador, Robert García.

“Lo que tenemos que hacer es entrar allí calmados. Pacquiao aún es un oponente peligroso. Iré al ring con un gran plan de pelea”, advirtió el nacido en Lubbock, Texas, hace 27 años, y radicado en Oxnard, California.

“El campamento va impresionante, no puedo decir que es el mejor, pero va muy, muy bien. Me siento muy bien, porque la cuestión del peso me hace sentir muy fuerte”, informó.

Más allá de que el filipino viene de dos derrotas consecutivas, una polémica el 9 de junio de 2012 en fallo dividido ante el estadounidense Timothy Bradley -que le valió resignar su título mundial welter OMB-, y la otra, el drástico nocaut en el sexto asalto que le propinó el mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez el pasado 8 de diciembre, “Bam Bam” le restó importancia y remarcó la seriedad de su rival.

“No podemos subir al ring pensando en el nocaut de Márquez. Esperaremos para ver qué es lo que traerá. Siempre será peligroso”, recalcó.

A pesar de que muchos consideren favorito al “Pacman”, Ríos manifestó su motivación: “Me encanta cuando no soy el favorito, pues así les puedo probar que están mal. No va a enfrentar a un cachorro. Pacquiao quiere enfrentar a los mejores y yo demostraré q no soy un punching bag. Soy una mezcla de perros de pelea, nada de cachorros. Seré una máquina esa noche”.

Y fue mucho más allá: “Todo el mundo me ve como una bolsa (punching bag). Está bien. Robert y yo tenemos preparado un gran plan de pelea. Sorprenderemos al mundo. Estoy listo para el Pacquiao que ha dominado el mundo boxístico durante tanto tiempo. Estaré listo mental y físicamente.

RÍOS ABRE SU CAMPO DE ENTRENAMIENTO EL JUEVES

Por otra parte, la empresa Top Rank informó que Ríos, junto a Robert García, abrirán su campo de entrenamiento a la prensa este jueves 31 de octubre a las 12 del mediodía. La cita para los medios es en Robert García Boxing Academy (1451 Pacific Ave. en Oxnard, California).

La función Pacquiao vs. Ríos es una promoción de Top Rank y Sands China Ltd., en asociación con MP Promotions y Cerveza Tecate. Pacquiao vs. Rios será producida, distribuida y televisada en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View, a través del sistema de pago por evento comenzando a las 9 p.m. este/6 p.m. Pacifico.

El actor Kevin Hart, quien es uno de los protagonista de la película de Warner Bros “Grudge Match” estará presente junto con el legendario promotor y miembro del salón de la fama de boxeo Bob Arum.

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Photos: Rios, Donaire, Garcia Preparing For Bouts

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Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios talks with undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia and Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy Tuesday. Rios is preparing for his upcoming mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China which will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View. Rios will hold his only U.S. media workout this Thursday, October 31, at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, beginning at Noon PT. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

Garcia takes on two-time WBO junior lightweight champion ROMAN “Rocky” MARTINEZ while Donaire battles Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, Saturday, November 9 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Pacquiao se siente de 20 años para Ríos

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La estrella del boxeo filipino Manny Pacquiao señaló a los medios de su país que entrena “como si tuviera 20 años”, tras una mala racha, para preparar el combate que tiene el próximo mes ante el estadounidense Brandon “Bam Bam” Ríos, en disputa del título internacional welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), que se encuentra vacante, en Macao, China.

“Esta preparación es más seria, más centrada. Mi mente está como si tuviera 20 años”, señaló el “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) a los medios de su país sobre el combate que se disputará el 23 de noviembre en Macao ante Ríos (31-1-1, 23 KOs).

“Este campo de entrenamiento creo que es una de las preparaciones más largas de mi carrera en el boxeo porque quería entrenar desde muy pronto para poder demostrar que todavía puedo estar en la élite del boxeo”, explicó.

Pacquiao, que cumplirá 35 años en diciembre y que ha sido campeón mundial en ocho categorías, intenta recuperarse después de sufrir dos derrotas consecutivas. Tras perder con una polémica decisión de los árbitros ante el estadounidense Timothy Bradley en junio de 2012, volvió a caer seis meses más tarde, el 8 de diciembre de 2012, esta vez por nocaut en el sexto capítulo, ante el mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez.

“No creo que cometiera un error en esa pelea. Si uno mira atrás, tenía el 100 por 100 de condiciones y agresividad. Pero forma parte del boxeo, acepto completamente lo que sucedió”, explicó el filipino.

El púgil se está preparando a puerta cerrada para combatir contra Ríos. Este planteamiento contrasta con los anteriores, cuando los periodistas, famosos y todo tipo de invitados asistían a la preparación de Pacquiao.

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Photos: Tim Bradley, Brandon Rios, Garcia – Triple Threat

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Carson, Calif.  —  (L-R) Undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and undefeated WBO World Welterweight  champion Timothy Bradley attend the Chavez Jr-Vera fight Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Garcia takes on two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez as part of an exciting HBO world championship tripleheader on Saturday, November 9 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rios battles superstar Manny Pacquiao at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China and which will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23 on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Bradley goes up against four-division champion Juan Manuel Marquez also on HBO Pay-Per-View® , Oct 12 from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas,Nevada.

Brandon Rios NYC arrival

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Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios arrives in New York City Monday night after spending a day at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Rios is in town for a Tuesday press conference at Jing Fong restaurant in Chinatown with superstar Manny Pacquiao. This is their first official US stop of their extraordinary world-wide media tour which included previous stops in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. The final tour stop will be at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California on Thursday. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.

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WBO TO MAKE A SPECIAL BELT FOR PACQUIAO-RIOS WINNER

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The World Boxing Organization will make a special belt for the winner of what promises to be an all-out action fight between “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and exciting Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios at the Cotai Arena in the sprawling Venetian Resort Hotel on November 24.

WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo announced that Pacquiao and Rios will fight for the WBO International welterweight title and “a special belt is being made for the winner” of what both Panoncillo and WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said one of “the most spectaculatr events in the world. It will be huge.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who joined the two fighters and their trainers on a promotional tour which kicked off in Beijing on Monday and will have a press conference on Tuesday, said he expects the television coverage “to reach more people than the last Olympic Games in China (in 2008)” even as the fights being staged in Macau now emphasizes that the world is a very small place.”

Pacquiao and former world champion raced up the Great Wall of China, one of the great wonders of the world, Monday in Beijing, China.

Both fighters are making a stop in Beijing as part of their world-wide media tour which will also include stops in Shanghai, Singapore, New York and finally ending up in Los Angeles.

Arum promised that the Top Rank card on November 24 “will be outstanding because Pacquiao vs Rios is a very exciting title fight.”

Arum emphasized that Macau “is not just about gaming, it’s about bringing all sorts of entertainment and this event will do that.”

He said “people will be coming from all over, especially from the Philippines” which is less thnan two hours away by plane and since the Venetian “will be offering special packages for fans from the Philippines” where Pacquiao is not merely a two-term congressman but a hero to millions.

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PACQUIAO VS. RIOS: ‘THE CLASH IN COTAI’ TAKES OFF IN MACAU (PHOTOS)

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MACAU – An army of journalists and television crews gathered inside to the Venetian Ballroom for the official launching and press conference for the highly anticipated return of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who will face Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios of Oxnard, California in a twelve round welterweight clash on November 24. This fight is set for a Sunday morning at the Cotai Arena in Macau and will be aired to the U.S. on November 23 Saturday evening.

Pacquiao arrived here Friday with his wife Jinkee, who was recently elected as the Vice Governor of Sarangani.

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“It will be a good fight,” Pacquiao continued, “Rios likes to fight toe to toe. There will be a lot of action inside the ring. I pray to God that no one will get hurt. Macau is near the Philippines, so I expect more Filipinos than Mexicans watching this fight.”

The 27 year old Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s), who previously won belts at lightweight and junior welterweight, relishes his role as the underdog.

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“I am very nervous.” He quipped, “I’m not nervous about the fight, I’m nervous about speaking in front of all of you people.’

Rios turned serious a few seconds later: ‘I want to show the world, all those people who said bad things about me, those who said I’m a punching bag. They will see come November.”

WBO VP for Asia-Pacific Leon Panoncillo told philboxing and said that Pacquiao-Rios will be for the WBO international welterweight title but the World Boxing Organization will have a belt specially made for this blockbuster fight. Also on hand was WBO Pres. Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel who complimented Rios who he described as someone who has the heart to match against Pacquiao. pac-rios.macau.pc.130727.09.600w

Hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach said that he was happy to be working with Manny again. “I have many great fighters in my gym but Manny is number one.”

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum described the fight as a historic event. “Who would have thought forty years ago that a congressman from the Philippines would be fighting a guy from California here in Macau?”

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Living legend and two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman spoke on stage and described Pacquiao-Rios as a great battle between a guy who can punch really hard and someone who can take a punch very well.

The promotional tour will take the adversaries to Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore before returning to the United States for appearances in Connecticut, Los Angeles and New York.

Photos by Dong Secuya.

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