Pacquiao, Rios make weight for Clash in Cotai

Edwin G. Espejo

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At 145 and 146.5 pounds respectively, Pacquiao and Rios make the weight for their fight on Sunday

MACAU – There were no fireworks, no pushing nor shoving, when Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios tipped the scales at the Cotai Arena at past 8am Saturday morning, November 23 here at the Venetian Hotel in Macau.

Pacquiao checked in at 145 pounds while Rios was at 146.5 pounds. Both made the 147lbs limit for their divsion. Pacquiao and Rios face off for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title on November 24, Sunday. 

Backstage the Filipino boxing champion was in a relaxed but somber mood but was quick to sport a wide toothy grin as he went up the makeshift stage inside the fight area.

Rios was met with loud boos from the largely Filipino crowd. But the American fighter was unperturbed. Bring it on, he signalled to the crowd with his palm placed behind his ears. 

He was followed by Pacquiao who just grinned and waved to the crowd.

Pacquiao and Rios, already in their shirts later stood together for the obligatory pose for the press. –

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