Pacquiao expects good fight vs Rios

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It was business as usual for Manny Pacquiao on Friday afternoon (July 26)  in Macau as the Filipino kicked off a seven-city promotional tour for his Nov. 24 welterweight war with Brandon Rios.


Pacquiao spoke as though he was on a diplomatic mission, expressing his delight over the trip to the former Portuguese colony and assuring everyone who bothered to listen that his fighting days are far from over.

“I’m happy to be back in boxing again. This is a big opportunity for us to fight here in Macau. It’s very close to the Philippines, so I’m expecting more Filipinos than Mexican people are going to watch on November 24th,” said Pacquiao on the dais.

Pacquiao, aiming to bounce back from back-to-back losses in 2012, sees a slambang showdown with Rios.

“It’s going to be a good fight because Rios likes to fight toe-to-toe and loves action in the ring so what we have to do is to train hard and prepare 100% physically and mentally, and of course we always pray to God that nobody gets hurt,” said the 34-year-old Pacquiao, whose last outing was a sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.

Rios exuded confidence when it was his turn to talk on the podium and made the guarantee that the boxing world will “see a new superstar.”

“I’m going to show the world, everybody that doubts me, everybody that talks bad about me to say I’m a punching bag, they’ll find something out different.”

From Macau, Pacquiao and Rios are going on a tour of two Chinese cities--Beijing and Shanghai--as well as Singapore and the US mainland in the next two weeks.

Pacquiao remains the heavy betting favorite despite his two straight losses but Rios is the type of fighter who can’t be taken for granted. Manila Bulletin

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