Pacquiao can't take a good punch: Rios
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao’s knockout at the hands of Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez showed that the “Pacman” has difficulty in taking a good shot, according to his next opponent, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
Pacquiao was famously knocked out by Marquez with one second to go in the sixth round of their fourth encounter last December 2012, and was out cold on the canvas for a few seconds.
The Filipino will fight for the first time since that loss on November 24 in Macau, taking on another dangerous hitter in Rios, who is known for his punching power and aggressive style.
In a Los Angeles Times report, Rios guaranteed that he will test Pacquiao as much as Marquez did.
“Marquez has tested his chin already,” Rios said. “And we know that he can’t take a good punch.”
“I can hit hard, so I guess I’m going to test his chin again,” he added.
Rios stressed, however, that he will not simply go out and rush at Pacquiao, adding that he has been following the instructions of respected trainer Eduardo Garcia, the father of his own coach, Robert Garcia.
Rios said the elder Garcia advised him to “stay calm” and “don’t go in there like an animal when I get punched.”
“You’ve got 12 rounds,” he added. “Pacquiao is very dangerous, especially in the first rounds, you’ve got to be very careful.”
“I’ve been following instructions,” Rios said. “I feel great.”