Manny Pacquiao had two opponents to pick from when deciding who he would take on this November. After being spurned by Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, who for whatever reason opted to fight one another, the Filipino star settled on facing off against either Brandon Rios or Mike Alvarado. The two had just fought one another, with the latter emerging victorious. Each guy brought his own fair share of strengths and weaknesses to the table, and Pacquiao’s selection was seen as one that would give fans a glimpse into where his head was at these days.
Ultimately, Pacquiao picked Rios. Despite the fact that he was coming off a defeat, Rios’ style is apparently one that Pacquiao felt most comfortable with. Whereas Alvarado lacks Rios’ iron chin and power, he is a far craftier fighter. Pacquiao’s team decided that they wanted someone who moves forward at all times, and who they could pick apart surgically for 12 rounds en route to a decision.
Was that the right call? At least one of Pacquiao’s former opponents thinks so. Shane Mosley, who famously ran away from Pacquiao for 12 rounds before collecting a hefty paycheck at the expense of his dignity, recently spoke to Chris Robinson and said that the former eight division champ would like come out with the W.
“I think that he knows he got hit with a good shot,” Mosley said of Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez. “We’ll see, we’ll see. Every fighter approaches it differently, I wouldn’t think so. Him sparring and getting in the ring with other guys and seeing it was just a perfectly-timed shot. That’s what I would think in my mind but in his mind we don’t know. We’ll see when he gets in the ring and fights again.
“It’s going to be a very interesting fight,” he added. “Manny likes people to come at him and fight like that. That’s in favor of Manny Pacquiao. But Rios is a tough fighter and he’s very strong and he always gives you 100%. That should be an exciting fight, I believe.”
Mosley is right about Rios. Although he isn’t as technically sound as Pacquiao, he is tough and always capable of knocking his foe out. Whether that’ll be enough to dethrone one of the best boxers of this era is something we’ll all find out together.