Brandon Rios has a solid strategy against Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 24 in Macau. “I am going to wear down Manny Pacquiao like I do (to) all of my opponents. I am physically strong and I am going to take it to him,” said Rios when he hosted his only open media workout yesterday in Oxnard, California.
“I will go for the kill,” stressed the brash 27-year-old Mexican-American, adding he is “in the prime” of his career unlike the Filipino who is about to ride into the sunset. Rios is leaving for Macau on Nov. 11 so he can acclimatize with the local conditions in the former Portuguese colony.
The heavy underdog, Rios doesn’t care what people say about his chances against the fast and furious fists of Pacquiao but is upbeat that he will prove them all wrong. “I am going to China to win,” added Rios, who has been likened as a punching bag owing to his limited mobility. Despite what seems to be a disadvantage, Rios is not a patsy or somebody who will pass out as soon as Pacquiao disrobes at The Venetian’s 15,000-seat CotaiArena.
The scheduled 12-round welterweight bout will begin at around noontime as it will be beamed to the US to accommodate the pay-per-view audience. Pacquiao, who will be less than four weeks shy off his 35th birthday during fight day, will set foot in Macau on Nov. 18 and the two will have their formal arrival rites on Nov. 19 with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum presiding over the show. (Manila Bulletin)