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Saturday, November 23, 2013, live from Macau, Filipino icon, Manny Pacquiao (54-5, 38 KOs) makes his triumphant return to the ring against Mexican-American bad ass, Brandon Rios 31-1. 23 KOs).
The vacant WBO International Welterweight title will be on the line, making this a 12-round bout with the winner likely becoming the mandatory challenger for Timothy Bradley’s WBO Welterweight championship.
Opening up the nights televised action is the much-hyped Chinese Olympic hero, Zou Shiming (2-0, 0 KOs) as he takes on Juan Tozcano (4-0, 1 KOs).
In the second bout of the evening, Andy Ruiz (20-0, 14 KOs) faces Tor Hamer (21-2, 14 KOs) in a clash of Heavyweights.
And in the final undercard bout, the “Mexican Russian” Evgeny Gradovich (17-0, 8 KOs) takes on Billy Dib (36-2, 21 KOs) in a rematch from March, which saw Gradovich take Dib’s IBF Featherweight title in an upset.
In a separate card being held in Manchester, England, Super Middleweight titlist Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KOs) defends his WBA and IBF belts against George Groves (19-0, 15 KOs).
Read on for Round By Round Boxing’s staff predictions for Saturday nights championship bout between Carl Froch vs. George Groves and the Macau quadruple header, headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios.