'Pacquiao will beat Rios like he did Margarito'
|Manny Pacquiao (right) during his super welterweight bout against Antonio Margarito. Reuters|
MANILA -- (UPDATE) Professional boxer Gennady Golovkin predicts that Brandon Rios will get the same beating Antonio Margarito got from Manny Pacquiao.
The reigning WBO and IBO middleweight champion said that although Rios has a chance of beating Pacquiao, he believes that the Mexican-American’s attributes are very much similar to Margarito’s.
Just like Rios, Margarito had a granite chin and liked to exchange hard body punches. But these proved ineffective against a fleet-footed Pacquiao who gave him a savage beating.
“I think [it’s] the same fight,” Golovkin said in Hustle Boss. “It’s the same style. Brandon, he’s a good fighter but he doesn’t have speed like Manny. [Pacquiao] is much better at moving and his speed is much better."
“I respect Brandon,” he said. “Brandon is a brave fighter."
Pacquiao is scheduled to make his boxing comeback against the younger Mexican-American on November 24.
The Filipino superstar is determined to post a dominant victory over Rios, especially after suffering two straight losses against Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
“I decided to fight an aggressive fighter like Rios because I believe I can prove to the people that I can still fight,” Pacquiao told Max Kellerman in HBO’s Face Off: Pacquiao/Rios.
“My boxing career is not done yet.”
In a separate interview, Rios said he will use his size and strength to bully the shorter and “smaller” Pacquiao.
"If he thinks that I'm the smaller guy, then, at the press conferences, I believe that he was smaller than me, so I'm not the smaller guy here," said Rios in RingTV.
"If you believe that, then your eyes are deceiving you, because I'm not smaller than Pacquiao. Pacquiao's smaller than me."
The 5-foot-9 Rios enjoys a 2.5-inch advantage over Pacquiao.
The Mexican brawler, who typically campaigns at junior welterweight, will also come in heavier as he makes his welterweight debut against the Filipino.
But Golovkin said speed plays a major factor in the fight -- something that Rios lacks.
“For Brandon it’s a big problem, the speed,” said Golovkin.