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Pacquiao vs Rios: The reemergence of the PacMan of old?

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In less than two weeks, Manny Pacquiao will make his long awaited return to the ring after an 11 month layoff. Manny will face Oxnard, CA resident Brandon Rios, who left for Macau, China yesterday.

(Pics courtesy of Top Rank)

As Pacquiao's longest training camp ever draws to a close, the Filipino fighting sensation stated at a recent media teleconference:

"My training for this fight has been unique and my training camp has been very long for this fight."

"My preparation has been going very well so I think it is going to be an exciting fight. I have given 100 percent to my preparation for this fight.

Given he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in his most recent outing last year and hasn't been sizzling in the ring in quite some time, PacMan understands how vital this bout is to his career. He hasn't been dominant in over two years and will need a strong performance to stay on top as one of the sport's biggest draws.

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"Manny is training more seriously and harder than any time I have ever seen him," said trainer Freddie Roach.

"Manny, to me, looks more dedicated than ever and General Santos City [Philippines] is the perfect place for him to train."

"He concentrates on nothing but his training and I think the Manny Pacquiao you are going to see on November 23rd is going to be perhaps better than the Manny Pacquiao we saw against De La Hoya, Hatton, and Cotto."

Manny dedicated six weeks of solid work to conditioning in the early stages of training prior to engaging in heavy sparring with, but not limited to, undefeated IBF international welterweight champion Fredrick Lawson and middleweight Marlon Alta.

Manny is culminating what has been an extremely successful training camp and seems well-prepared for what will be a tough fight against the aggressive, hard-hitting Brandon Rios.

Freddie Roach likens today's version of Manny Pacquiao to the PacMan of old - The same fighting sensation who was once billed as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world and a legitimate threat to Floyd Mayweather.

If Freddie is right and Manny turns back the clock November 23, fans will be in for a treat.

Will we see the reemergence of the 'Manny Pacquiao' of old or just an old Pacquiao?


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