MANILA, Philippines – It's been 7 months since Manny Pacquiao suffered a shocking defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez.
The Filipino boxing icon has decided to move on and take a new challenge in Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.
Pacquiao said losing in such manner to Marquez is nothing new to him as he suffered a similar defeat against Rustico Torrecampo in 1996.
"Nakalimutan ko na 'yun. Siyempre naranasan ko na ang ma-knock out. 'Di ba natalo ako noon dito sa Manila nung nag-start pa lang ako?" said the 34-year-old fighting congressman of Sarangani province.
"So 'di na bago sa 'kin 'yun. It's part of boxing."
Pacquiao will fight Rios on November 24. The bout, part of Top Rank's expansion in Asia, will headline a card at The Venetian in Macau.
The Filipino boxer said he expects a “fun fight” from Rios, who loves to engage in a good old-fashioned brawl.
“Magandang kalaban si Rios dahil gusto niya iyong palitan ng suntok... I like that. I like his style,” said Pacquiao.
While taking a break from boxing, Pacquiao regularly plays basketball to maintain his conditioning.
“Ito 'yung cross training ko, para hindi magsawa sa boxing para pagbalik ko ng boxing, talagang uhaw ako,” he said.
Pacquiao plans to open his training camp in August at his newly established "Pacman Wild Card Gym" in General Santos City.
His training begins as soon as they get done promoting the Rios fight in China, New York, and Los Angeles. The fight tour begins on July 28.
Pacquiao said he will prove that he still has what it takes to slug it out against the best fighters in the world.
“I will do my best. Hard work, sikap lang,” he said. – From a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News