Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Pros and Cons of Facing Brandon Rios or Mike Alvarado

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Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Pros and Cons of Facing Brandon Rios or Mike Alvarado
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It'll be Rios or Alvarado for Pacquiao in November.

With the entirety of the boxing world's attention focused on this past Saturday's welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero, it's easy to see how another piece of news got lost in the shuffle.

But the man who for years was linked to Mayweather in a type of superfight dance that never came to fruition, Manny Pacquiao, has finalized a date for his planned return to the ring. The Filipino icon will return on Nov. 24 (Nov. 23 in the United States) and will be fighting in Asia for the first time since 2006, when he easily decisioned Oscar Larios. 

The fight will take place in Macau, China, against an undetermined opponent. Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, who split their recent two-fight series, have been mentioned as the most likely opponents to get the shot at Pacquiao (per Boxing Scene), but nothing has been finalized at this point. 

Both Rios and Alvarado could present intriguing matchups for the Pac-Man, as he hopes to get his career back on track after suffering back-to-back losses in 2012. Whomever lands the fight will bring both pros and cons to the table. So let's look at some of them.

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