Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Idec Index

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Idec Index

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Here is boxing writer Keith Idec's inside look at the sport:

FEATURED FIGHT: Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios. Pacquiao's first fight since his stunning, sixth-round knockout loss five months ago to Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez has been scheduled for Nov. 23 in Macau, China. Rios lost his last fight, a 12-round unanimous decision to Mike Alvarado in their rematch March 30 in Las Vegas, but Pacquiao picked Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) over Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) as his next foe because the rugged Rios will come forward and help Pacquiao produce a crowd-pleasing battle. Top Rank Inc., Pacquiao's promoter, brought the fight to Macau, a popular casino/ resort city near Hong Kong because of Pacquiao's popularity in eastern Asia and because Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) will pay a lot less in taxes from his eight-figure purse than if he fought in Las Vegas or another American city.

LOCAL LOOK: Middleweight prospect John Thompson (11-0, four KOs), a former New Jersey Golden Gloves champion from Newark, is set to oppose Puerto Rico's Giovany Rodriguez (8-0, five KOs) in an eight- round fight tonight in Miami, Okla. …

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