Download an exclusive Pacquiao-Rios scorecard and score the fight at home. Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial ringside scorer, guides you through what to look for in the fight:
Since I have to keep score, I never pick a winner in advance, because I don't want people to think I'm partial to either fighter. But you gotta face reality and the reality is they're fighting in Pacquiao country. There's a relatively new judge in Lisa Giampa, you wonder if she might be swayed by the crowd in the closer rounds.
Brandon Rios has a lot to overcome in this fight. If you look at his last fight, he's had some problems. There was a weight problem in the fight with [John] Murray; I thought he lost against [Richar] Abril; and he did lose against [Mike] Alvarado the second time. Then Robert Garcia has a decision to make, since he's training [Evgeny] Gradovich as well. Is he going to be in his corner? If he is, who's gonna wrap Rios's hands?
If I had to predict what might what happen, I think it'll be a sensational night and sensational fight for Manny Pacquiao. He's motivated by the fact that he lost his last two fights. But even in those two, I had him winning the [Timothy] Bradley fight 11-1. And as far as the fight against [Juan Manuel] Marquez, he got hit by a punch he didn't see. Maybe he heard the 10-second mark and just dropped his hands thinking the bell was about to ring. He was winning when he got knocked out.
Now he's probably, saying, "I'm gonna kill this guy because I need a win." Especially, in front of his fans and family. And don't forget future voters! This is his constituency. All signs are pointing to a great performance by Manny Pacquiao.
You look at style to see who's the better ring general, who's landing the cleaner and harder shots. And I think that favors Pacquiao. Effective aggression might favor Rios, as he tends to be the aggressor. But I don't think it would make much of a difference.
by Kieran Mulvaney
Photo Credit: Will Hart
Saturday night's clash between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios marks the first big boxing event in China. It's just one symbol of the immense and rapid growth in this part of China, as exemplified by the massive Venetian Macao, which is the host venue.
Below, courtesy of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Greg Bishop of the New York Times, Wikipedia, and a modicum of original research are some facts and figures to highlight the scale of this weekend's event.
Area of the Venetian Macao: 10,500,000 square feet (980,000 m2)
Area of casino: 546,000 sq ft (50,700 m2).
Number of slot machines: 3,400
Number of gaming tables: 800
Casino size, global rank: 1st
Building size, global rank (by floor volume): 6th
Seating capacity, Cotai Arena: 13,500
Approximate percentage of Macau's economy derived from gaming: 50
Pre-tax winnings from Macau casinos, October 2013: $4.6 billion
That October 2013 income as a percentage of entire 2012 Las Vegas Strip gaming income:75
Date when gambling became legal in Macau: 1851
Number of casinos in Macau: 33
Number of previous HBO boxing pay-per-views: 187
Number of previous HBO boxing pay-per-views from Asia: 0
Guaranteed purse for Manny Pacquiao: $18 million
Guaranteed purse for Brandon Rios: $4 million
Guaranteed purse for Zou Shiming: $500,000
Size of the ring inside the ropes: 20 feet x 20 feet
Size of the ring outside the ropes: 26 feet x 26 feet
Number of cases of equipment shipped in by HBO: 300
Estimated Chinese viewing audience: Over 14 million