Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios: Top Storylines as Showdown Looms

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios: Top Storylines as Showdown Looms
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Manny Pacquiao hopes get back into the pound-for-pound discussion with a victory against Brandon Rios.

It's fight week, fans, and we'll set you up right with all the info and storylines you'll need to know for Manny Pacquiao's big return to the ring against Brandon Rios in Macau, China, on Saturday night (9 p.m. ET; 10 a.m. on Sunday in China).

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) was once considered the pound-for-pound best fighter in all of boxing. He was a buzzsaw, running through quality opponent after quality opponent on his way to the top. But his star has diminished greatly over the past year. Consecutive defeats—controversially against Timothy Bradley, and decisively against Juan Manuel Marquez—have left the Filipino icon badly in need of a victory. 

Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO) is a former lightweight and junior welterweight world champion. He's best known for his two-fight series with Mike Alvarado and his all-action, little defense style in the ring. Many are discounting his chances of winning, but that's extremely dangerous when you have a fighter as tough and determined as "Bam Bam."

So consider yourself armed. All you'll need to know about Pacquiao vs. Rios is contained within. Here we ask questions, make speculations and give you the top storylines for Saturday night's huge main event!

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