(PHILSTAR)  - Legendary trainer Freddie Roach (left) has returned to the Philippines to review how much Manny Pacquiao (photo) (54-5-2; 38KO’s) has improved during his training sessions over the past month.

Roach’s return comes at a perfect time, considering that Justin Fortune, who was supposed to help Pacman get ready for his upcoming fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1; 23KO’s), has yet to aid Pacquiao in his training due to visa troubles that are keeping him out of the country.

Pacman and Rios are scheduled to go head to head on Nov. 24 at The Venetian Macao resort and hotel in Macau.

Over the past four weeks, Manny has gone through a variety of training exercises such as shadow boxing, heavy bags, speed balls, skipping ropes and long-distance running workouts.

Pacquiao has also been partaking in 12-round mitts with Nonoy Neri, Roger Fernandez and Jonathan Penalosa, and is expected to spar with Liam Vaughan, who arrived in the Philippines a few days ago along with Roach.

Catch the matchup between Manny and Brandon via satellite on Solar Sports.


Pacquiao-Rios preview on HBO on November 2nd October 24th, 2013 | Post Comment - No Comments 6 Share 3

Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the highly anticipated Nov. 23rd HBO Pay-Per-View® welterweight slugfest between worldwide superstar Manny Pacquiao and emerging star Brandon Rios should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of “Face Off,” starring the two prizefighters. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao/Rios” debuts Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT) on HBO, immediately following a live HBO Boxing doubleheader.

Moderated by Max Kellerman, “Face Off” is an insightful and often gripping interview session in which the two fighters square off and answer Kellerman’s questions. The fighters also get the chance to address each other and their fans in this engaging format.

The Pacquiao/Rios extended version of “Face Off” is set to air multiple times on HBO and HBO2 (schedule below). “Face Off” will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the program.

HBO air times include: Nov. 2 (12:15 a.m.), 5 (5:15 a.m.), 9 (9:15 a.m. & 3:35 a.m.), 13 (11:45 a.m. & 9:15 p.m.), 17 (11:45 a.m.) 19 (10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.), 21 (1:30 p.m. & 12:00 a.m.), 22 (5:15 p.m.) & 23 (12:00 p.m.).

HBO2 air times include: Nov. 7 (10:25 a.m.), 11 (4:05 a.m.), 15 (10:15 p.m.), 20 (6:00 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.), 22 (3:05 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.), & 23 (1:25 p.m.).

All times are ET/PT.

Pacquiao vs. Rios takes place Saturday, Nov. 23 from the Venetian® Macao CotaiArena in Macau, China and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.


Koncz: Pacquiao has to win big over Rios September 19th, 2013 | Post Comment - 104 Comments 71 Share 1

Pacquiao Rios Pacquiao vs. Rios manny pacquiao brandon rios By Chris Williams: Michael Koncz, the adviser for Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s), feels that Manny needs to get a big win over former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd for some reason. Pacquiao was knocked out badly in his last fight by Juan Manuel Marquez last December and there are major questions about whether Pacquiao still has it.

It wasn’t just the knockout that leaves you wondering, it’s the way that Pacquiao looked in getting dropped earlier in that fight, and how he looked in his fight with Tim Bradley.

Koncz said to “Manny’s doing everything possible to get back on track. There is no hanky panky. I talked to him and he knows the magnitude of this fight. He knows that a win won’t be enough. He has to win big.”

Pacquiao turns 35 in December and you can’t expect him to be be the same fighter he once was at that age.

About the only thing that Koncz can hope for is Pacquiao to look as good as he did in the 3rd fight with Marquez in November of 2011, and Pacquiao didn’t look good in that fight in winning a controversial 12 round majority decision in a fight that boxing fans felt that Marquez should have won. But Pacquiao looked much better in that fight than he did in his last two fights with Bradley and Marquez.

It’s probable that Koncz realizes that Pacquiao needs to beat Rios decisively to convince boxing fans that he’s not an over-the-hill fighter and that he’s still relevant in the welterweight division. But at the end of the day it may not even matter because even if Pacquiao does dominate Rios, it’s doubtful there will be any big names for Pacquiao to fight for the remainder of his career unless Floyd Mayweather Jr. decides to give him a shot.

Other than that, Pacquiao is pretty much going to be stuck fighting these Top Rank stable fighters over and over until he retires – Rios, Mike Alvarado and Tim Bradley. Those aren’t big names and it’s too bad that the prospects of Pacquiao getting a really big fight against the likes of Mayweather or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez are so slim.

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