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 Last update:  11/16/2013       Read more by Top Rank         
   
Rios Clocks in Over 150 Sparring Rounds For Pacquiao
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Macau - "Let's go 10 more rounds, Erick," Brandon 'Bam Bam' Rios said when he rocketed the last big punch at left-hander Erick DeLeon in his workout Saturday at the Venetian Macau.

Hall of Fame trainer Robert Garcia got into the ring, separated the two fighters and said "that's it, Brandon. No more sparring. All of your sparring is over. We're ready to fight Manny Pacquiao."

After five months of training, over 150 rounds of sparring against assorted fighters, Rios wound up his eight rounds of sparring before a gathering of reporters and HBO's 24/7 cameras.

"That phase of our training - sparring - is now over," Garcia said.

DeLeon, who did quick, wicked side to side movement, said Rios "snapped off power punches. Yes, they were hard punches and they hurt. It's part of the game.

"Rios blocks a lot of punches and counters well," DeLeon added. "If he catches Manny in his rhythm there's going to be big trouble for MP."

Rios said "I want to fight the best and Manny Pacquiao is one of the best in boxing today. I need to beat him to get where I want to go. I am younger, can fight hard at center ring, can take a punch and I am ready, focused. Pacquiao years ago was in the same situation I am today."

"When the first bell rings, Pacquiao will not be charging right at Brandon," Garcia said. "Pacquiao will want Rios to come to him and exchange. We know it that's the way its going to be."

Pacquiao vs Rios will be at the CotaiArena inside the Venetian Macau on Saturday, November 23.

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On Sunday, Rios will visit young local fighters at the Macau Boxing Association gym.

Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Brandon Rios , Pacquiao-Rios , Pacquiao vs Rios



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comment by b morph, on 11-16-2013
this is all going to come down to who can take the best punch....cuz both guys are gonna land flush on each other, it might take rios a few rounds to really land on pac, but if he survives the early rounds he has a chance and i think pac might come out too cautious, wary of the power of rios, ...

comment by The Gambler1981, on 11-16-2013
That amount of sparring could be good depending on what they were working on, either Rios working on his craft or working on specific stuff related to Manny. Still that is a lot of rounds for a guy not known for his ability to avoid damage who is not that likely to develop a ton of extra aspects...

comment by Sugar Adam Ali, on 11-16-2013
rios spars 150 rounds,, got punched in the face 10,784,231 times

comment by Ray Corso, on 11-16-2013
Does anyone know what his weight was while he was ending his sparring? Ray

comment by ELPacman, on 11-16-2013
He's dead determined to win this but I wonder if he's over training?

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