Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is in the final phase of his training and conditioning workouts in General Santos City and will fly to Macau, China on November 18 in preparation for his fight against Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios.
Almost a year after being stunned by Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez’s sixth round technical knockout last December, Pacquiao, 34, will battle the Mexican-American Rios on November 23 at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.
“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 knock out Rios (31-1-1 with 22 knockouts) to start his build-up in regaining the title as the world’s pound-for-pound king.
“I have no any idea what round he’s going to finish Rios but what’s important is the 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 assured that Pacquiao’s health is 100 percent okay.
“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.”
Rios said in various news articles that he’s going to retire Pacquiao in their fight.