Watch: Manny Pacquiao's Greatest Hits

Take a look at the best moments from Manny Pacquiao's career. 

Face Off: Pacquiao/Bradley 2 premieres Sat., March 22 on HBO, leading up to the live Pay-Per-View fight on Sat., April 12, from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

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Watch: Timothy Bradley Jr.'s Greatest Hits

Take a look at the best moments from Timothy Bradley Jr.'s career.

Face Off: Pacquiao/Bradley 2 premieres Sat., March 22 on HBO, leading up to the live Pay-Per-View fight on Sat., April 12, from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Watch: Manny Pacquiao's Greatest Hits

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 Debuts March 29th

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HBO will once again give boxing fans an inside look from training camps and fight week, when 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 debuts March 29th following Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew on HBO Boxing After Dark.

The three-part series, airing weekly from March 29 through April 10, will highlight Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. as they prepare to meet for the second time on Saturday, April 12th, on HBO Pay-Per-View.

The broadcast schedule of 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 is as follows:

Saturday, March 29 at midnight ET/PT

Saturday, April 5 at 11:30pm ET/PT

Thursday, April 10 at 8:30pm ET/PT

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Jr. 2 takes place at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT on April 12, live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

The Buzz: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Jr. Press Conference

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. meet again on Apr. 12, when the two face off from the Las Vegas MGM on HBO PPV. 

Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley Jr., Prepare for Coast-to-Coast Press Tour

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Manny Pacquiao touched down in Los Angeles late Sunday night, as both he and his April 12th opponent, Timothy Bradley Jr., will embark on a coast-to-coast press tour ahead of their Las Vegas rematch, “Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2.”

Pacquiao and Bradley kick things off Tuesday with a press conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel, before taking off to the east coast for Thursday’s presser at New York’s New World Stages.

You can watch both of the press conference live right here on InsideHBOBoxing.com.

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Rematch Set for April

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Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring for the first time since his November victory over Brandon Rios, when he takes on Timothy Bradley at the Las Vegas MGM Grand on Saturday, April 12.

Pacquiao and Bradley first met on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand, a bout in which Bradley walked away the victor in a highly controversial split decision. Bradley’s victory brought Pacquiao’s seven-year, 15-bout winning streak to an end, making this April rematch an ideal setting for Pacquiao to seek redemption.

Bradley made his presence known in 2013 thanks to two gutsy outings – one, a hard-fought punchfest against Ruslan Provodnikov on Mar. 16 that ended in a unanimous decision; the other a skill-driven, pay-per-view battle with Juan Manuel Marquez in October that ended with Bradley on the right side of a split decision.  Each of those bouts was included in HBO Boxing’s Best of 2013.

The Pacquiao-Bradley media tour will begin in early February, with stops scheduled in both Los Angeles and New York. 

Speed Kills in Macau as Pacquiao Returns to Form

by Kieran Mulvaney

[Click for Slideshow] Photo Credit: Will HartBrandon Rios shook his head and smiled every time Manny Pacquiao hit him flush. Sunday morning at The CotaiArena in Macau, he shook his head and smiled a lot.

They say that, in boxing, speed kills, and Pacquiao's speed killed any hope Rios had of walking away from Macau with an upset victory in front of an energized sellout crowd of over 13,000. Long before the final bell rang at the end of 12 one-sided rounds, Rios must have felt like Bill Murray with a swollen face, each frame much the same as the last as the American was forced to endure a succession of painful, pugilistic Groundhog Days.

The rounds took on a familiar rhythm. In the first, Pacquiao connected with a left uppercut and a strong left hook. At the end of the second, he exploded with combinations. In the third round, he showed nice footwork, turning Rios as he looked for a clean shot. The fourth saw Pacquiao land a straight left, then a combination that snapped back Rios' head. In the fifth, another big straight left. And so it went.

Early in the fight, there was a sense from ringside that Pacquiao's punches, though fast and landing with repetitive accuracy and effectiveness, did not carry quite the explosive power of years past.  It seemed then that Rios was perhaps the less vulnerable and more heavy-handed of the two, that a Rios combination to Pacquiao's jaw might have an effect similar to the right hand that Juan Manuel Marquez landed to render the Filipino unconscious at the end of their December contest. Maybe that was the case, but Rios never had a chance to put the theory to the test, never came close to landing testing blows, and was obliged instead to chug after his opponent in an increasingly futile effort to cut off the ring and get his foe where he wanted him.

Pacquiao was having none of it. He moved effortlessly from one side to the next, his footwork setting up his offense and proving to be exceptionally effective with a defense that left Rios punching at air on more than one occasion.

And while Pacquiao may not have detonated the kind of blow that left Ricky Hatton prone or Miguel Cotto wanting no more, he landed enough that, by the end of the contest, Rios had a badly swollen right eye and a slow blood trail from his left  for his troubles.

"All I can say is, many Manny punches," smiled Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach. "He fought the perfect fight. He let him off the hook. I wanted him to knock him out. But I was very happy with his performance."

Indeed, there is a case to be made that, if Pacquiao's punches weren't always quite as heavy as they once they had been, that that was by design, the result of a decision not to become too excited or to over-commit and risk walking into a counter punch of the kind that Marquez threw. The evidence for that supposition came in the final round, when Rios, seemingly badly hurt, staggered backward into a corner and Pacquiao, knowing victory was his and risk was unnecessary, backed away.

At the end, there was no doubt. The winner was clear, and it was Pacquiao – amazingly, the future Hall-of-Famer's first conclusive win since early 2011. And yet, even in his latest finest hour, the congressman from Sarangani province turned his thoughts elsewhere.

"This isn't about my comeback," he insisted. "My victory is a symbol of my people's comeback from a natural disaster, a national tragedy. It's really important to bring honor to my country with this win."

Fans Weigh In During a Fight Week to Remember

We've seen a lot during this fight week.

We've seen trainers fighting instead of training fighters. We've seen one boxer dedicate his fight to his tragedy-stricken country and another one compared to a " a bobblehead doll whose bobblehead will not break off no matter how many times you slam it on the side of a desk." We've seen weigh-ins and Stat Chats conducted across multiple time zones, or even days. We've seen what the world's largest casino floor looks like teeming with screaming fans. We've heard what it's like to compete out of your comfort time zone from experts and legends. We've prepared for an undercard with an overweight heavyweight and a boxer carrying the hopes of his populous nation. We've gone inside the camps and Under the Lights:

We've heard from the fighters' fellow boxers, expert prognosticators, Harold Lederman and Mike Tyson. And now we're hearing from you. While, 100 percent of HBO Boxing Insiders predicted a win for Pacquiao, on HBO Connect and Twitter, 52 percent think Rios holds the #KeyToVictory (though it's constantly changing).

Here's more of what fight fans had to say:

Writer Predictions: It's Unanimous for Pacquiao

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There are a lot of things boxing writers disagree about, but apparently the outcome of this weekend's fight is not among them. In the admittedly small sample size of HBO Boxing Insiders, not one brave soul was willing to predict a Brandon Rios victory. That isn't to say we're not expecting fireworks, but they're likely to be the type of fireworks heralding the return of a champion, and not a new ascendant to the throne.

Here's how our writers see the fight playing out:

Kieran Mulvaney

The big question about Manny Pacquiao is whether he is still Manny Pacquiao, after the years of tough fights and particularly the nap he took at the end of his last one. But even 75 percent of Manny Pacquiao should be too versatile, too fast, and too strong for Brandon Rios. A game Rios has his moments, but Pac-Man chops him up en route to an 11th round stoppage.

Eric Raskin

I've been among the bigger believers in Brandon Rios for the last couple of years, but I expect he'll find himself overmatched on Saturday night. This isn't Mike Alvarado or Miguel Acosta; this is Manny Pacquiao. His speed, accuracy, and athleticism threaten to overwhelm the more stationary Rios. I don't think we'll see significant residual effects from Pacquiao's knockout loss to Marquez, so I expect Manny to stop a very game Rios in about seven or eight high-contact rounds.

Nat Gottlieb

Although I think Pacquiao has lost his edge, Rios is a one-dimensional brawler with a poor skill set. Pacquiao boxes circles around him, winning every round.

Hamilton Nolan

I think Pacquiao by decision is the most likely outcome, and the second most likely outcome is Rios by KO, if it turns out Pacquiao got old after the Marquez fight. I wouldn't necessarily bet on that, though.

Tim Smith

Brandon Rios likes to sit in the pocket, but he doesn't play peek-a-boo with his defense. He relishes taking shots. Pacquiao has some of the heaviest hands in the welterweight division. That spells trouble for Rios. Pacquiao KO 7.

Bob Canobbio, CompuBox

Rios has limited movement and is the busier fighter, throwing 74 punches per round in his last 6 fights.  As a result, opponents landed 40% of their power shots.  Pac (69 punches thrown per round) has better lateral movement and a better jab. Pac landed 47% of his power shots in his last 9 fights, while opponents landed 33% of their power shots. Pacquiao TKO 10 Rios.

Diego Morilla

Rios presents a difficult challenge, but his level of opposition hasn't been anywhere near Pacquiao's, and that difference will become evident as soon as the fight starts. This one looks just like Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz all over again: young, volume-puncher with decent power against a tough veteran who knows how to counterpunch and has the patience to wait for his chance to hurt him. Pacquiao wins by late-round TKO.

Michael Gluckstadt

As much as I'd like to go against the grain, Manny Pacquiao is just too good of a fighter to be beaten by Brandon Rios. Rios almost seems custom-built as an opponent that Manny could look good against in his comeback fight; someone who can take a punch, a lot of them actually, and give Pacquiao the canvas he needs to turn in a masterful performance. Pacquiao UD.

Zou Flies Banner for Chinese Boxing

by Kieran Mulvaney


Zou Shiming is not, it seems, afraid to test himself.

Trainer Freddie Roach recalls that, shortly arriving for training at the Wild Card Gym, the three-time Olympian asked to spar with eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao.

"I said, 'Are you sure? He said 'Yeah,'" Roach told reporters this week in Macau, where Zou 's third professional contest will be on the undercard of Pacquiao's clash with Brandon Rios.

"I went over to Manny and I said 'Manny, Shiming wants to box with you,'" the trainer continued. "And Manny looked at me and I said 'No, he didn't mean it in a bad way, he just wants to see what it's like to box with Manny Pacquiao.' He says, 'Maybe I'm a little bit too big for him' and I say 'Yeah, maybe you are, but just box.' Two days later they boxed four rounds together, and it was a great experience for Shiming. He got hit by one really good shot, a body shot by Manny, and he felt it and grunted a little bit. There was no knockdown and he did okay. He did good. A lot of people said 'You're crazy, if he gets knocked out you're going to get fired.'"

Zou won a light-flyweight bronze in the 2004 Athens Games, and then gold in his hometown Beijing Olympics in 2008. He successfully defended that crown in London last year, and is as a consequence by some distance the most successful Chinese boxer to date. The extent to which his fame has captivated this nation is illustrated by an art exhibit at the Venetian Macao, where Saturday night's card is taking place, in which Macanese boxer-turned-artist Jet Wu has portrayed the life of the "King of Boxing" in some surrealist watercolors as well as a graphic novel, the draft pages of which are displayed on the exhibit's walls.

A long amateur pedigree can sometimes lay the foundations for professional success (see, most recently, the example of Gennady Golovkin), but the disciplines can be surprisingly different and the transition can sometimes take time. Roach suspects the latter is proving the case with Zou, despite a promising start sparring former three-time world champion Brian Viloria.

"I thought it was going to happen really quick with Shiming because his first sparring partner in America was Brian Viloria that I thought 'For sure this kid's going to be champion in, like, a month' – he was doing that well," Roach explained. "He has Brian Viloria's number for some reason and then in the first fight he reverted back to his amateur style a little bit too much, I thought. In the second fight he thought that I wanted him to be more of a banger and I think our gameplan got lost in translation a little bit. He stayed in the pocket way too long and got hit way too much in that fight. Because I want him to sit down and score with a couple of good combinations and get under and get out with his speed, but he just stayed in the pocket a bit too long. So now we're trying to work the middle a little bit, be aggressive but not too aggressive, you know?"

Roach, the definition of old school, get-off-my-lawned that perhaps Zou's progress was being hindered by achieving a financial comfort level too soon.

"I don't like to spoil people and I think they might be spoiling him a little bit," he said. "He might be making a little bit too much too early. It might be making him a bit soft or softer, because my first ten-round fight was for $1,000 and I thought I was rich, but that was a long time ago."

Zou in contrast will earn $500,000 for his outing on Saturday night – a pretty hefty sum for a man with two pro bouts under his belt. But promoter Bob Arum makes no apologies for the fee he's forking over.

"If anyone on this card deserves their purse, it's him," he said in the media room this week.

The reasons for that are manifold and the kitsch in the hotel is merely the most obvious manifestation of them. There is only one boxer who, by Sunday, will have fought three times as a professional on internationally-televised cards from Macau, after all, and it isn't Manny Pacquiao. Arturo Gatti and Ricky Hatton weren't the greatest boxers known to man, although they were plenty good; but the fact that they weren't the best didn't stop their fans turning out in droves time after time. Those fans loved their fighters' styles and personalities; similarly Zou's amateur success and easy-going manner has struck a chord in the Middle Kingdom.

If big-time boxing gains a foothold on this Chinese peninsula – or indeed, elsewhere in what is potentially by far the largest market on Earth – it will have a lot to do with Manny Pacquiao. It will have more to do with Bob Arum. But most of all, it will be because of Zou Shiming.