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Thankful for my Pacquiao ringside seats

 

It just suddenly hit me this morning!  I have been able to cover 9 of Manny Pacquiao’s fights sitting at ringside…live!  I have called maybe over 15 of his fights some of which I have done off-tube (meaning I was watching the TV feed and was speaking into a mic as the voice over) and some I have done for radio…but man I have been ringside 9 times.

Manny Pacquiao fights are always exciting specially upclose

Manny Pacquiao fights are always exciting specially upclose

 

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Pacquiao and Rios- fighting for their future

Pacquiao and Rios- fighting for their future

Pacquiao looks good!

Ripped and ready

I was at the weigh in for the Pacquiao Rios fight and here are the facts:

Rios came in at 146 and a quarter lbs while Pacquiao registered at 145 lbs

Pacquiao looked fresh and buffed.   Rios cheek bones were pronounced and though he is thinner than usual, he had no muscle definition.

Both fighters were smiling while Rios was having fun with the crowd asking Filipinos and Mexicans alike to cheer.

The expected tension between the camps were not evident, everyone seemed civil.

Alex Ariza was not quite visible but he was on stage for a few minutes.

Several minutes backstage, Pacquiao was his usual jolly self allowing ambush interviews and several photo opportunities.   He stayed for at most 20 minutes and proceeded to walk out the arena using the backdoor.  No one from team Pacquiao stayed behind except for Freddie Roach who had to formally approve the gloves and join the pre-fight meetings.  All in all, Pacquiao and team stayed at the weigh-in for not more than one hour.

Bandon Rios’ smile was gone as soon as he passed the through the backstage curtains.  While Robert Garcia, Rios’ trainer, was taking care of business talking to media people and then proceeding to check out the gloves, Rios was seated with two 1 litter bottles of what looked like juice and or a sports drink.  He was clearly in need of liquid to hydrate himself.

Rios showing off what he has

Rios at his best

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Pacquiao needs to dispose Rios

Pacquiao needs to dispose Rios

It has been almost a year since Marquez pulled one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he floored Manny Pacquiao.  Sitting at ringside, the moment Pacquiao hit the canvas I was up on my feet not believing what I just witnessed.

If only Pacquiao did not fake an attack before going in the round would have ended and Pacquiao in all probability would have won.

If only the bell sounded a second sooner, the fight would have gone on without Manny tasting his worst defeat ever.

I obviously have not gotten over it.  I am not sure if Pacquiao has.

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