TULUY-TULOY ang magandang preparasyon ni dating WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios para sa magiging laban nila ni Manny Pacquiao sa November 23 sa Macau, China.
Tiwala si Rios na nasa tamang landas sila ng preparasyon ni trainer Robert Garcia para talunin ang dating tinaguriang hari ng pound-for-pound.
Naniwala naman si Garcia na ibang Manny Pacquiao na ang kakaharapin ni Rios sa laban pagkatapos na humiga sa lona ang Pambansang Kamao sa bagsik na suntok ni Juan Manuel Marquez noong Disyembre 8 noong nakaraang taon sa Las Vegas.
“I’m expecting the Pacquiao that was dominating the game,” pahayag ni Rios nitong Tuesday sa conference call para i- promote ang 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.”