Rios spars with lefties to prepare vs Pacquiao
MANILA – Mexican-American slugger Brandon Rios has been regularly sparring with southpaws to get used to Manny Pacquiao's left-handed style ahead of their November 24 match.
Rios admitted he has yet to get used to fighting southpaws, but predicted he’ll be able to handle left-handed fighters by the end of his training camp.
“I’m trying to get used to fighting a lefty,” he said in an interview with Hustle Boss. “I’ve never been used to sparring a lefty, but I think I’m getting used to it more and more. I think by the end of the camp I’ll be really, really good on sparring lefties.”
Left-handed fighters are typically difficult match-ups for orthodox boxers, and Rios hasn’t fought one for quite sometime now.
Making it even riskier for Rios is Pacquiao’s ability to throw power punches, especially with his left hand.
“That’s ok,” Rios replied. “He probably is [a big puncher], but I don’t give a [expletive]. And I’m different than the average fighter that they give me credit for. I do move my head, I do come in and I’m very aggressive but I’m smart and I don’t get hit a lot. It’s alright.”