Pacquiao vs Rios: 24/7 and Face Off dates revealed

Stephen Dunn

"24/7" and "Face Off" will cover the Pacquiao-Rios fight on November 23, starting early that month on HBO.

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will get the full-on HBO promotional treatment for their November 23 pay-per-view main event from Macao, China, with the network scheduling a "24/7" series for the fight, as well as a "Face Off" feature with Max Kellerman.

"Pacquiao-Rios 24/7" will debut on November 9, paired with a Nonito Donaire/Mikey Garcia doubleheader. The weekend before, "Face Off" will premiere, on November 2.

This will be familiar territory for Pacquiao, but his training camp will be held entirely in the Philippines this time, which is good for him geographically with the fight in Macao, plus it might give the "24/7" producers something new to work with, as The Story of Manny has grown a bit tired, not because it isn't interesting, but simply because we have been there and done that for seven of Pacquiao's last nine fights.

Rios, however, is a goofy, sometimes out-of-line guy with no filter, so his "24/7" debut could spice up the series. It's still a really remarkable platform to promote a fight and get inside the guts of a big bout, so having some new blood in should be nice. It's easy to forget now, but a lot of people liked Tim Bradley way more once they got to see him in-depth on "24/7" last year.

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