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5 Attributes That Give Brandon Rios a Chance Against Manny Pacquiao

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When Brandon Rios challenges Manny Pacquiao in Macau, China later this month, he will be a significant underdog. Most oddsmakers are currently listing him at approximately 9-2.

In comment sections and on social media sites, boxing fans have expressed significant doubt about Rios' qualifications for this high-profile pay-per-view fight. If Rios couldn't beat Mike Alvarado last March, how will he possibly beat the legendary Pac-Man?

Rios is viewed as an underdog with good reason. Although he is an exciting fighter, he has never displayed the kind of all-around boxing skills that would seem necessary to beat a pound-for-pound star like Pacquiao.

But if Rios shocks the world and wins, it will hardly be the biggest upset in boxing history. While I would not recommend betting your rent money on Rios next week, it's a mistake to view him as a complete walk-over for Pacquiao, at least at this point in the Filipino star's career.

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