Pacquiao vs Rios: The Epic Clash in Macau

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I'm not really a big fan of boxing but since we are talking about Manny "Pacman" Pacquaio here, It doesn't take a rocket scientist to prove that we Filipinos, as a nation will do everything just to support our main man Manny Pacquiao. 

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring to face Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China, in a 12-round welterweight main event.

HBO will have five fights on the pay-per-view broadcast. Here's the schedule:

Fight Time

7:00 pm EST (Preliminary Bouts)
9:00 pm EST (PPV Bouts)

TV Channels

United States: HBO pay-per-view ($59.99-69.99)
United States: Top Rank TV pay-per-view ($59.99)
United Kingdom: BoxNation
Australia: Main Event pay-per-view
Philippines: GMA 7
Hungary: Sport 1

Pay-Per-View Undercard Bouts

Flyweights, 6 Rounds: Zou Shiming vs Juan Tozcano
Featherweights, 12 Rounds: Evgeny Gradovich vs Billy Dib
Heavyweights, 10 Rounds: Andy Ruiz Jr vs Tor Hamer
Junior Welterweights, 6 Rounds: Felix Verdejo vs Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan

Preliminary Bouts (TopRank.TV stream)

Lightweights, 6 Rounds: Harmonito Dela Torre vs Jason Butar Butar
Super Flyweights, 6 Rounds: Rex Tso vs Susu Sithjadaeng
Lightweights, 6 Rounds: Ik Yang vs Hero tito
Junior Middleweights, 4 Rounds: Kuok Kun Ng vs You-Jie Zeng
Junior Middleweights, 4 Rounds: Liam Vaughan vs Dan Nazareno Jr

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Less than a week before his fight against Brandon Rios, Manny Pacquiao took to Twitter to invite Jessica Sanchez to sing the national anthems prior the fight.

Sanchez, an American with Filipino and Mexican blood, was the runner up to Phillip Phillips for the 11th season of American Idol. She sang the Star Spangled banner for Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley.

After that fight, Sanchez expressed her willingness to sing the Lupang Hinirang. “I don’t speak any Tagalog but I’ve sang in Tagalog before so maybe in the future,” she said in an interview with Sheila Reyes. “We’ll see what happens. I don’t speak anything. I need to learn,” Sanchez added in the same interview.
“Thank you, @JessicaESanchez and bless you,” Pacquiao replied after the singer agreed.
Sanchez also sang the for a 2012 NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. And Before her stint at American Idol, Sanchez did the same for a National Football League game between San Diego Chargers against the New York Jets. She had a repeat performance a year later this time with her hometown Chargers taking on the Miami Dolphins.

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