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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
IT HAS been almost a year since Manny Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
Brandon Rios promised to relive that moment when he takes on the 34-year-old Filipino superstar on Nov. 23 at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
“If Manny Pacquiao feels he has an advantage, he will change his way of thinking when he feels my punch. He’s going to start thinking, ‘Awww man, I remember when Juan Manuel Marquez hit me like this!’ Therefore, I believe, he will change his way of thinking, but it will be too late because when I’m there and I give him the first punch, I’m going to start doing what I do best,” the 27-year-old Mexican-American banger said in a report posted at Boxingscene.com.
Rios can back up his words because he hits hard, knocking out 23 of his opponents in 31 wins.
Most believe that Pacquiao will win this fight, but Rios wants to shock everybody with a win over the former pound-for-pound champion.
Pacquiao is in dire need of a win after back-to-back losses to Marquez and Timothy Bradley last year.
Pacquiao dropped a controversial split decision against Bradley in June, and then shockingly got knocked out cold by the 40-year-old Marquez in the sixth round.
“There, he will realize he did not have the advantage. This is not Pacquiao’s fight, it’s Pacquaio vs. Rios, and I will let the world know that on November 23rd,” said Rios.
Rios is coming off a loss to Mike Alvarado by unanimous decision in March.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.