Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring Nov. 23 against Oxnard’s Brandon Rios at the Venetian Macao resort, his promoter and lead advisor announced Monday.
The welterweight fight will be televised by HBO pay-per-view.
Although Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 knockouts) and Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) are coming off losses in their most recent fights, veteran promoter Bob Arum said the desire to match the two free swingers against each other was impossible to resist and should produce a strong audience.
“We felt with Rios, based on his past of being an [active] competitor would make this a great fight against Manny,” Arum said. “It’s a fight people want to see. Most boxing fans want to see guys mix it up.
“There’s a school of fan who want to see artistic fights with fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Guillermo Rigondeaux, but we felt they also want to see a knock-down, drag-out action fight, and that’s what we’re going to give them.”