Pacquiao shrugs off Rios' 'retirement threat'
MANILA – Manny Pacquiao has already heard claims made by Mexican-American Brandon Rios that he will be the fighter that will finish the Filipino boxer’s career.
But the fighting congressman from Sarangani province refuses to engage in trash-talk, preferring to do the talking in the boxing ring instead.
“Mahirap mag-salita baka magkasala pa tayo,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBNNews.com shortly after attending a Christian fellowship at ABS-CBN's Dolphy Theater.
The former world champion will make his comeback when he squares off against Rios in November at The Venetian in Macau.
In an apparent attempt to hype up the fight, Rios recently vowed to beat Pacquiao to retirement.
“That's my goal, to put him into retirement,” said Rios.
“One Mexican knocked him out… this Mexican is gonna retire him,” the 27-year-old said, referring to Pacquiao's loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Pacquiao acknowledged the importance of his comeback fight.
The Filipino superstar said he wants to win back the confidence of fight fans by giving them an entertaining match.
“Napakahalaga ng fight na ito dahil para sa karangalan hindi lang ng pamilya ko, sa akin pero kundi para sa atin, sa bansa,” he said.