FILIPINO ring icon Manny Pacquiao will leave for Macau, China on November 18, for his fight against Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios on November 23, at the Cotai Arena.
“Manny along with his trainer Freddie Roach and his team will go to Macau on the 18th and Pacquiao will leave no stone unturned,” Pacquiao’s long time lawyer Franklin Gacal told The Manila Times on Wednesday in a phone interview.
“Excitement is in the air and Manny also feels the same thing,” added Gacal. “Even without his former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, the training goes very well in the presence of new conditioning coaches.”
Pacquiao, who holds a 54-5-2 win-loss-draw slate with 38 knockouts, is determined to knockout Rios (31-1-1 card with 22 knockouts) to start his bid to reclaim his status as the world’s pound-for-pound king.
Pacquiao was KOed by Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their last encounter in December.
“I have no any idea what round he’s going to finish Rios but what is important is he’s eyeing for a knockout victory,” said Gacal. “Manny is not thinking of the next fight or anything else except only his November 23 showdown against Rios.”
Gacal also said that Pacquiao is in optimum health.
“We do not see any problem in his health and he’s getting deadlier than ever after I saw him in training,” said Gacal. “Manny and Roach have a good strategy against the brawler Rios. But they are not playing complacent. They want to assure the win, so they’re training hard.”
On Rios’ comment that he would retire Pacquiao in their fight, Gacal said: “Well I don’t think so.”