Rios: I will end Pacman’s career
Macau — In his entire career, fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao has lost twice to Mexican opponents, with the last one turning out to be a debilitating defeat.
But one of Mexico’s proud fighters, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios wants to be that Pacquiao conqueror, who will be best remembered for scoring an unforgettable win against the Filipino boxing sensation.
Two days before their press tour’s kick off leg here, Rios told the Manila Standard he will be the Mexican, who will force the retirement of the Filipino boxing sensation once they square off in a 12-round match on Nov. 24.
“The way I see it, one Mexican knocked Manny Pacquiao out, this Mexican is going to retire him. He better be ready because this is the last fight he’s going to enjoy. And I’m going to retire him after this,” said Rios.
Rios was referring to the sixth-round knockout defeat suffered by Pacquiao in his last assignment versus Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Rios went to the “Fists of Gold II” press conference Thursday as an observer together with trainer Robert Garcia and brother Mikey.
Rios said he will go full blast in training as soon as they complete their tiring press tour that will promote his clash with Pacquiao at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel.
“I’ve been in the gym here and there. Nothing crazy now, because it’s still a long way, but I’ve been in the gym to keep my rhythm,” said Rios. “Robert’s going to tweak it a little bit, but in a smarter way. That’s the way I fight, I love to give the fans what they want.”
Meantime, famed trainer Freddie Roach said he will be arriving in the Philippines immediately after the October outing of his latest ward Miguel Angel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
According to Roach, he already told Pacquiao of the development and that the Filipino boxing sensation has agreed to allow the American trainer to delay his Philippine arrival.
Initially, Roach was set to arrive in the country mid-September. Cotto, meanwhile, will face former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez on Oct. 5 in Florida.
“Being my number one guy, I talked to Manny and told him what the situation was and he has no problem with that. Buboy (Fernandez) will take care of him a couple of days and we’ll just start sparring when I get to town,” said Roach.
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