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Brandon Rios Not Buying Talk of Washed up Pacqiuao

By Keith Idec

The image of an unconscious Manny Pacquiao falling face-first to the canvas is one most of us will never forget.

Brandon Rios remembers it vividly, too, but the former WBA lightweight champion hasn’t allowed it to affect preparation for his Nov. 23 welterweight fight against Pacquiao. Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) expects to encounter a prime Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) in Macau, China, even though the Filipino superstar hasn’t boxed since Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez knocked him out with one punch in the sixth round of their Dec. 8 welterweight bout in Las Vegas.

“I’m expecting the Pacquiao that was dominating the game,” Rios said Tuesday on a conference call to promote their HBO Pay-Per-View main event. “That’s the guy I’m ready for. I’m not looking at his last fight, when he got knocked out by Marquez. That could happen to anybody. It could happen to me.

“So we cannot go into this saying, ‘Oh, Pacquiao’s done. He’s old overnight,’ and this and that. No, I’m not looking at it like that. I’m looking at the Pacquiao that was dominating the game. So I’m getting in the best shape I can get and I’ll be ready mentally and physically for this fight. And if he starts out slow, great. That even gives me more chance to warm up. If he starts out fast, great. That means I’ve got to warm up faster. So we’re good.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by pvramos on 10-30-2013

I am excited to see this fight. 2 exciting fighters. But I think manny will win this.

Comment by Bermuda on 10-30-2013

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;13886518]Pacquiao ain't washed up, Pacquiao was beating JMM ass. He had a broken nose and couldn't breathe. Pacquiao went for the kill and got KO by a roided JMM. If Rios wants to win than he needs to prepare like…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-30-2013

[QUOTE=Big Dunn;13886910]don't let the Hectari's, ifc9titles, and buboys of the world fool you Rios. Manny isn't washed up. Plan on getting your ass beat badly.[/QUOTE] ^^^ The "system" doesn't allow me to give a "green" to Big Dunn.

Comment by The Big Dunn on 10-30-2013

don't let the Hectari's, ifc9titles, and buboys of the world fool you Rios. Manny isn't washed up. Plan on getting your ass beat badly.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 10-30-2013

Obviously he should prepare for the best Pacquiao, but he needs the worst to show up in the ring.

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