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Pacquiao faces Rios: who’s your bet?

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Mexican Brandon Rios (left) will face Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao on November 24 in Macau. PHOTO CREDIT HBO.COM

Two days coming into the most awaited comeback fight of Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao against Mexican Brandon Rios, the rift between the two camps is heating up.

“He’s (Rios) a punching bag that swings back,” Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach claimed hours after Rios made a bold statement that he’s not a punching bag during the formal press conference for their 12-round bout.

“That’s the only difference between him and a punching bag.”

Wednesday, Roach was kicked by Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza after engaging with Rios trainer Robert Garcia in a shouting match.

Both camps exchanged curses, and Garcia decried racism after Roach shouted at Rios’ assistant trainer that he’s a “stupid Mexican.”

And that was clearly what Pacquiao needed as motivation.

“The most motivating thing for me was when he told me, `Freddie, are these the guys who made fun of you on TV?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘Okay,’ and then he walked away. That’s all he needs to know,” Roach said after his conversation with Pacquiao.

Two days. Who’s your bet?

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