Rios: I want to be the one to retire Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios does not just want to beat Manny Pacquiao when they fight on November 24 in Macau. The fearsome puncher nicknamed "Bam Bam" wants to send the "Pacman" into retirement.
In an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio, Rios said he wants to finish the job started by Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao when they fought last December.
“I just want to be 100% ready, because I want to be the one to retire Manny Pacquiao,” said Rios. “One Mexican knocked him out, and this Mexican is going to retire him. That’s all on my mind.”
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has said publicly that if the Filipino loses to Rios, then it is time for him to hang up his gloves.
Rios, a 27-year-old brawler known for his all-action style of fighting, will have no problem with that.
“Yes, I want to be the one to say that I was the one to retire Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “He had a great run, and he lasted. But there comes a point in your age when you are not the same anymore.”
The former lightweight champion is an underdog against Pacquiao, who at 34 is still considered one of the best fighters in the world. But Rios insists he can hand Pacquiao his third consecutive loss.
“I think I’m young, and he’s fighting a guy that is hungry, who has more to give, and who wants to show the world that he’s ready for the best,” Rios said. “He is fighting a guy who wants to be the one to retire him.”