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Ruslan Provodnikov vs Manny Pacquiao: Head to head

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With a November 22nd date tentatively scheduled in the boxing calendar, a future opponent is still uncertain for boxing’s only eight division world champion, Manny Pacquiao. While the Pacman’s promoter has targeted a fifth meeting with longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquaio adviser Michael Koncz has recently stated in the media that JMM could price himself out of a potential clash with Manny in Macau, China.

(Main pic courtesy of Koncrete Jungle)

If the Top Rank, Inc is unable to come to terms with the Mexican fight legend, current WBO Junior Welterweight title holder Ruslan Provodnikov would become the leading candidate for the highly anticipated fall fight date, should he successfully defend his title on June 14th.

To stoke anticipation among fight fans worldwide, FightSaga.com offers this brief synopsis of a potential super fight between the current WBO Champions at 140 and 147 pounds respectively.

Keys to Victory

For Manny Pacquiao to defeat the hard charging and harder punching Siberian express, the Filipino icon would have to implement the strategy he used in fights with Brandon Rios and most recently Tim Bradley.

The Pacman would be wise to utilize his brilliant footwork, firing off quick combinations and subsequently turning his aggressive minded opponent as he’s attempting to cut off the ring and close the distance.


Manny would also have to fight Provodnikov at a safe distance while keeping the fight in the center of the ring. If Pacquiao is pushed against the ropes or in the corner, the future Hall of Famer should intelligently tie up his opponent instead of fighting the Russian hammer in close quarters.

Also, it’s imperative that Manny not give Ruslan large openings in which to counter. He absolutely must limit his punch output to two or three shots at a time while maneuvering away from the line of fire. At a severe speed disadvantage, Provo would be looking to counter over Pacquiao’s offense with a hard left hook and overhand right.


If Congressman Pacquiao fights in quick, sporadic intervals, making it difficult for Provodnikov to time and counter effectively, while utilizing his footwork as the foundation of his defense, Manny could effectively boxing his way to a unanimous twelve round decision on November 22nd.

After serving as Pacquiao’s sparring partner for several training camps, Ruslan Provodnikov is very familiar with his stable mate at the Wildcard Gym. To be successful in a potential November 22nd clash in Macau, China, “Siberian Rocky” would have to draw from those experiences and cut off the ring effectively while applying intelligent pressure.


Lots of upper body and head movement while working behind a healthy dose of jabs and feints would be Ruslan’s primary key to victory.

Too often, Provo will abandon the jab and merely lead with the left hook to the body and head or overhand right. To catch Manny with something big, the Russian born fighter would have to hide his biggest shots with misdirection by way of jabs to the body and head.

In the early stanzas of the twelve round contest, Ruslan would be wise to consistently throw jabs to the body, limiting Pacquiao’s movement in the mid to late rounds of the fight. While expecting to receive a jab to the midsection, Ruslan could potentially sneak in a left hook to the jaw that could send the Pacman to dream land.

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During the times Provodnikov is successful in closing the distance, Manny will undoubtedly attempt to tie the aggressive Russian fighter up, forcing the third man in the ring to create distance between the two fighters.

Ruslan absolutely must let his hands go whenever in close quarters while keeping his elbows tucked inside, making it extremely difficult for Manny to lock arms.

If the hard punching Siberian fighter can be patient while working the body and applying intelligent pressure, Ruslan Provodnikov could become the fighter who sends the Filipino icon to queer street and possibly retirement.


To say Ruslan Provodnikov would have a mere punchers chance in winning a November 22nd fight with Manny Pacquiao would be putting it mildly.

Although anything can and often does happen in the squared circle, Manny still possesses all of the tools necessary to dominate the aggressive plodder for twelve one-sided rounds.


To get a sneak peek at how a fight between Ruslan and Manny would play out, watch Pacquiao’s virtuoso performance against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, which took place in Macau, China, on November 24th, 2013.

Manny Pacquiao wide UD 12 over Ruslan Provodnikov
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