“Movement, confident or desperate, is a natural consequence of sharing a ring with Rios, yet only Pacquiao has eluded him for twelve rounds. As if made of a denser matter, Rios, 147, imposes a gravitational pull on his opponents. Despite his leaden feet, despite often closing without punching, opponents inevitably find Rios tucked under their chins, working his fists into exposed tissue with uncanny accuracy. It is in these moments that a fighter must show his nerve, and it is in these moments that Chaves unraveled.”
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