Pacquiao vs Rios predictions
Manny Pacquiao or Brandon Rios? Experts weigh-in with their predictions.

PREDICTIONS. Boxing journalists and analysts weigh in on the Pacquiao-Rios fight. Photo by Rappler

MACAU – Who will win the Clash in Cotai? With the fight just hours away, Rappler asked journalists from around the world the question on everyone’s mind. 

While the experts see the hunger in both fighters, Manny Pacquiao was the unanimous choice to win the fight. But Brandon Rios has nothing to lose and everything to gain. And in the sport of boxing, anything can happen. What do you think? Leave us a comment below.

KEVIN IOLE, YAHOO! SPORTS: I like Pacquiao to win by knockout probably somewhere in the middle rounds of the fight because I think his hands are gonna be too fast for Rios and Rios is gonna get hit on from both sides. When you get that and you’re not able to see it coming that’s generally when there’s knockouts.

MARCOS VILLEGAS, FIGHTHUB.TV: It’s really dependent on Manny Pacquiao. If he comes out, like I mentioned, the old Manny Pacquiao, it should be a relatively one-sided fight but if there’s still some cracks there from the Marquez assault, Rios is gonna get the win.

ZHOU JI MING, CHINA SPORTS DAILY: I hope the better one will win, but most likely, I think Pacquiao, Manny will win.

RECAH TRINIDAD, PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER: Not only because I’m Filipino but I’m a great fan of boxing. I see Pacquiao winning but how comfortably? I’m not sure.

HERMIE RIVERA, BOXING ANALYST: The bigger guy in this fight, not in size, but in the will and the largeness of his heart is certainly Pacquiao.

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