'Overeager Pacquiao may get KO'd again'
MANILA – A fellow boxer has warned Manny Pacquiao from going toe-to-toe with Brandon Rios, saying such a strategy might come with a steep cost.
In an interview with The Sweet Science, former world champion Sergio Mora said that Pacquiao could make the same mistake he did with Juan Manuel Marquez if he becomes overeager to knockout Rios.
"I think Pacquiao is going to be eager to have a solid win," said Mora, referring to the Filipino’s fight date with Rios on November 24.
“[If Manny tries to] look for a sensational KO, he might end up getting roughed up and stopped again."
Pacquiao wants to come up with an overwhelming victory especially after suffering a knockout defeat to Marquez last December.
But Mora said the former eight-division champion could exhibit negative effects of his knockout defeat when he faces a younger fighter in Rios.
"It's very difficult, almost impossible, for fighters to come back after getting kayoed," said Mora. "They either get gun-shy or totally lose all confidence in their ability and get old overnight."
Mora said it would be practical for Pacquiao to go for a decision instead of banging it out with the Mexican brawler.
“Rios is young, hungry and strong, but kind of dumb," he said. "He's tough as nails, but at elite levels, tough is not enough."