MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Brandon Rios said he expects to be stronger when he climbs the welterweight division to fight the Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao.
Rios, who last fought as a junior welterweight, said he packs a punch at 140 pounds but believes he is even more dangerous at 147, where he won't have to stress out just to make the weight.
“I’m going to feel stronger,” Rios told Chris Robinson of Hustle Boss. “At 140, I felt good. At 147 I’m going to feel even stronger. I’m going to feel strong and I just can’t wait until the fight.”
However, the Mexican insisted that he won’t be underestimating Pacquiao despite the Filipino’s recent knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao in tip-top shape is one hell of a fighter, said Rios. “I’m going out there and I’m expecting the best Manny Pacquiao,” he said.
“I can’t judge on one performance what happened. We don’t know. We’re just going to be ready for the best Manny Pacquiao. The one that was beating everybody. The one that was on top of the world. We got to be ready for that type of Manny,” added Rios.
Rios will be fighting Pacquiao at The Venetian in Macau on November 24.