Irony, why does “Bam Bam” Rios seem to be the boxer who’s coming off a one-punch solid knockout loss to a Mexican juggler a year ago? Why not instead the cool and composed Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao who fell face-down in his last fight and against whom Rios would have to battle it out to grab the WBO Welterweight title and try winning recognition as the sport’s newborn star?
Brandon Rios is full of fighting words, but he is tense. There must be conflicting thoughts running through his mind as he heads to the “Clash in Cotai.” Rios is probably alarmed that Pacquiao is not in any way affected by the magic-slumber beating of Juan Manuel Marquez; fright-stricken maybe that Pacquiao could be finally back to his old form, even wiser and stronger. Remember that Rios once intimated that he couldn’t have dared thinking of being matched with a prime Pacquiao.
Underneath the hype and hoopla of the Pacquiao-Rios grand event tomorrow are “known” facts and hidden truths that would set some captives free if unraveled.