Buboy says Pacquiao's weight important in Rios fight
MANILA – Manny Pacquiao will have to be careful not to lose too much weight for his comeback fight against Brandon Rios.
Pacquiao’s co-trainer and best friend Buboy Fernandez said it is important for the Filipino boxer not to come in too light when he fights a taller and younger Rios.
“Ang importante dili siya kulang sa timbang (What is important is that he is not underweight),” he said in Edwin Espejo’s report in Asian Correspondent.
Although the fight takes place at welterweight or 147 pounds, the 5’6 ½” Pacquiao typically comes in lighter than that. After hydration, he climbs the ring at around 149 pounds.
However, Rios stands at 5’9” and could come in at 150 pounds at fight night. The added weight could enhance the Mexican-American’s durability.
But Fernandez isn’t worried.
“Lamang ‘ta sa lihok (We have the advantage in speed). Rios fights straight ahead,” he said.