His trainer Freddie Roach predicts Pacquiao will only need six round to dispose of Rios, who few give any chance of winning.
A victory will give his legion of fans another opportunity to bask in victory. It will give Manny another paycheck and another opportunity to face some other opponent in the ring.
But after winning eight world championships in eight different weight divisions, is there really anything he can do to add to his legacy?
In fact the only real milestone left for Pacquiao would be to defeat undefeated champ Floyd Mayweather. We’ve already gone down that road a million times and all turns seem to lead to a dead end. So lets not even go there.
His accomplishments are cemented in boxing history. The victory will just go down as one of many, but it will hardly qualify as a milestone in his career. When the historians look back at Pacquaio’s career years from now, this bout will hardly get a mention.
The only way this bout will be remembered by historians is if this one signals the end of his career.
A defeat would be Pacquaio’s third straight. The whispers that its time for him to retire would turn into a roar.
More than a few tears would be shed both ringside and in the homes of his countless fans.
The champ has everything to lose and nothing to gain from this fight.
You can watch an interview from HBO with Pacquio and Rios below.