I was very impressed with Brandon Rios this past saturday night.I was equally impressed with Mike Alvarado.Both put on a fight of the year war that will no doubt earn them both big fights in the future and most likely a rematch.But the talk of Rios moving up and going after bigger names is interesting.The name I really found to be a good opponent for Rios is Manny Pacquiao.

 Pacquiao needs new opponents after Marquez in December.Even if he loses again he still will be a draw especially if he loses a close decision.Marquez will give him hell but won’t knock him out.Brandon Rios on the other hand can knock out Pacquiao.Rios proved that even by getting outworked he has a great chin and the heart of a lion.Pacquiao has had a lack of power in recent fights.The one punch power that flattened Hatton and made Cotto go down to one knee hasn’t been present in the last two years.Put him in the ring with Rios and this could be interesting.Rios will be looking to take his head off.While I see Pacquiao outlanding Rios especially in the early rounds,I wonder how Pacman can handle those thudding body shots and hard right hands.Pacquiao is older and not as slick as he once was so Rios will land some big shots.

 As always it all depends on whether Arum will put Pacquiao in with someone like Rios.The mayweather fight is so off the radar for Pacquiao so much so that you don’t even hear fans talk about it anymore.So while Mayweather takes on a young,impressive fighter like Canelo or a P4P top fighter like Sergio Martinez in May 2013, lets see if Pacquiao also steps up and takes on an equally dangerous opponent in Brandon Rios.

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