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Pacquiao to face Rios in November

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Manny Pacquiao, who was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December, will return to the ring to face Brandon Rios this fall, Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz told ESPN.com on Monday.

The fight will take place at the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, China, on Nov. 24, which is Nov. 23 in the United States.

The fighters have both agreed to terms, according to Koncz and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, ESPN.com reported.

The scheduled 12-round bout will be a welterweight fight with a 147-pound weight limit. It will be televised by HBO PPV.

Rios, a former lightweight champion, has had his last two fights at junior welterweight and split a pair fights with Mike Alvarado. Rios knocked out Alvarado in the seventh round in October and lost a close unanimous decision to him in their March 30 rematch. That was the first professional loss or Rios, who is 31-1-1.

Pacquiao has lost his last two fights and is 54-5-2.
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