Pacquiao vs Rios: Bernard Hopkins calls Pacquiao 'brave' to take Rios fight

Jeff Bottari

Living legend Bernard Hopkins believes Manny Pacquiao is very brave to take a fight with Brandon Rios this fall, but also feels he's not making a smart business move.

Bernard Hopkins is impressed with Manny Pacquiao's bravery in taking on come-forward brawler Brandon Rios in November, but doesn't necessarily feel it's a smart move:

"Brandon can punch. Are you serious? They are brave as hell. Listen, if Pacquiao fights this fight after getting knocked out like that - I have to take my hat off to him because that's a brave move. It's a not a good business move, but that's a brave move. But I guess they want to come back so quick to show that he's okay, but to me that's even worse."

Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO) has shown power at 135 and 140, but of course this will be his first trip to the welterweight division, and though it's likely he'll retain his ability to pressure and break down opponents at that weight (and probably even higher, down the line), more concerning for his side is whether or not his chin is going to keep holding up. So far, it's proven to be a diamond, but Pacquiao is a big hitter, and has speed that Rios hasn't seen, too.

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) has a lot to prove with this fight, and word is that it was his choice to take this fight. He preferred facing Rios, a tough guy who doesn't shy away from contact, to say the least. Hopkins might think it's foolish, but Pacquiao apparently feels this is perfect for him.

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