Pacquiao determined to break losing streak
by FFE Sports News staff
Things are heating up between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and his opponent Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios as their highly anticipated fight tomorrow at the sold out Cotai Arena draws near.
The two fighters stepped on the scale for the official weigh in today and both came under the official welterweight limit of 147 lbs.
The Filipino Champ weighed 145 lbs while Rios came in heavier at 146.5 lbs.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said that Pacquiao has no problem with his weight since the Pambansang Kamao is already 147lbs even the day before the official weigh in.
Thirty-four-year-old Pacquiao is hopeful to break his losing streak with his fight against the 27-year-old Rios. In a split decision, Pacquiao has suffered defeat against Timothy Bradley in June 2012 and a knockout from his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Roach said that despite the losses, Pacquiao is still sharp and is as brave as ever in the ring.
Rios, who calls his bout against the pound-for-pound king as the biggest fight of his career, said that he is not Pacquiao’s punching bag and Sunday’s fight will be no problem. He added that his father’s attendance will inspire him to win.
Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, flew with Manny to Macau last Tuesday to show support for her husband.
“The Clash in Cotai” will be aired live tomorrow in HBO’s pay-per-view and despite the major blackout in Leyte due to the destruction of typhoon Yolanda, residents in Tacloban will also be able to watch the fight.
The city government and service providers has set up three wide screens at the Tacloban Airport, the city hall and astrodome for the public to watch the live feed of the PacRios fight. The live viewing aims to uplift the morale of the affected residents.
Pacquiao has previously said that he is dedicating the fight to the typhoon victims and pledged to donate part of the money he makes for their rehabilitation.