Pacquiao: Is Rios ready for me?
MANILA – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is very confident ahead of his comeback fight against a younger, but hungrier fighter, Brandon Rios, in November.
The fighting congressman said his 10-month hiatus from boxing has given him enough time to recuperate from his knockout defeat, allowing him to come back to training with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
“I feel so fresh having taken 10 months off. I have never done that before,” Pacquiao said in an HBO training blog posted on RingTV. “My legs have an extra bounce to them, and I feel so strong and fast.”
Pacquiao said that because of these factors, training has been going well in General Santos City.
The Filipino superstar added that he has matured as a fighter, especially after he got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
He said his experience will be evident when he battles Rios in Macau.
“You can be sure after getting careless with Juan Manuel Márquez, I won't be setting myself up for getting knocked out… I will not rush in looking to knock Rios out, but rest assured, if the opportunity presents itself, I will go for it.”
Pacquiao assured his fans that he'll be climbing the ring at the Cotai Arena in Macau ready to fight.
He said the question is not really about him being prepared for a bruiser like Rios after getting knocked out last December.
“The question isn’t 'Am I ready for Rios?' It's 'Is Rios ready for me?'"