Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) isn’t content with just beating the aging and badly struggling Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’) in their fight on November 23rd, Rios wants to send the 34-year-old into permanent retirement.
He wants to finish Pacquiao off and put him out of his misery. Pacquiao has certainly struggled recently, losing his last fight by a 6th round knockout to the Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez last December, and getting beaten by Tim Bradley by a surprise upset last year in June.
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios said today following a well-attended press conference at the Venetian Resort Hotel that while “being next to Manny Pacquiao is great, I’ve got to come in there and show no respect.”
Rios told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo and this reporter that “the moment you give a fighter a little doubt, a little respect he thinks you’re scared and he’s got you already. But if you show him no respect and that you’re ready to fight and not worried about him” its different.
Rios said “I’m a warrior and anything can happen (in the ring). Manny is not a God. He’s a human being just like me. I a a fighter and I come to fight and I’ll beat him.”
2012 “Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia paid tribute to Pacquiao indicating “its always great to be in front of the best fighter of the decade. Manny has done so much for boxing, so much for his country we got to admire him for what he’s done.”
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Freddie Roach thinks he’s got the perfect airtight strategy for his fighter Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) to end his two-fight losing streak and beat former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Roach isn’t saying what this so-called perfect strategy is, but you can imagine it’ll be something similar to what Mike Alvarado used to defeat Rios by a 12 round unanimous decision last March in their rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roach told Otrboxingradio “I know I have the better puncher [Pacquiao] and I know what type of fight we’re gonna fight in that fight. We’re gonna have a great game plan; we’ll fight to our advantage, Believe me. I guarantee that 100 percent.”
Roach shouldn’t bother guaranteeing anything at this point, because Roach was promising big things for Pacquiao in his last two fights against Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, and we saw Pacquiao lose both of those fights.
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With the possibility that his next fight could be ignored by HBO, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) could be fighting on the November 23rd undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios in Macao, China, according to Dan Rafael.
Bob Arum of Top Rank said recently that HBO was cool to the idea of televising Rigondeaux’s next fight. Rafael said on his social media site “Assuming HBO doesn’t change its stance on Rigondeaux, he likely will fight on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard.”
Rigondeaux recently defeated one of HBO’s most fighters in Nonito Donaire in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision last April in New York. It was thought that the win by Rigondeaux would pave his way to having all his future fights on HBO.
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