Manny Pacquiao hoped his return to the ring in November would be against the man who knocked him unconscious last December in Las Vegas. But when Juan Manuel Marquez spurned the Pac-Man's request for a rematch this left him with few viable options.
In recent weeks speculation centered on both Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado who recently engaged in a two-fight series in which each man won once. Rios knocked Alvarado out in the seventh round of their first bout last October. Alvarado evened the score with a narrow unanimous decision in March.
According to reports it'll be Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO) who has secured the fight and the opportunity to make a huge name for himself by defeating the Filipino icon. "Bam-Bam" is an exciting action fighter who can punch and is willing to trade with his opponent to land his punches. That provides some drama given the way Pacquiao lost his last fight.
The fight is obviously full of danger for the now 34-year-old former welterweight champion. Read on for a complete breakdown of the big fight.