MANILA, Philippines – Even before he takes on Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao inside the ring, former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios may already be encountering problems outside of it.
Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman said Rios may have some problems adjusting to the time zones and climate in Macau, where the bout will be held on November 24 (Manila time).
It is the first time that Rios will be fighting in Asia. Pacquiao, meanwhile, hardly has to adjust as he has been training in his native Philippines.
“It’s going to be rough, and that’s all there is to it,” Foreman said in a conference call. “You can say to yourself ‘I am accustomed to it,’ but you can be there for a month. I have been there for two weeks – it’s just not going to help you.”
“You wake up at the wrong times. You eat at the wrong times,” he added.
Rios arrived in Macau earlier this week with his team, and Foreman wonders if that will be enough time for the brawler to acclimatize.
“It’s a challenge, because like I said, it’s a thing you can’t control. It’s your body,” he said.
He noted that Rios will have to adjust to the fact that the bout will be held in the morning, instead of at night as the boxer is used to.
“Forget about the mental showdown. It’s a physical showdown. You really have to pick the fight out of the guy at 8 in the morning. It’s just not going to be the same,” Foreman said.
All this adds to Pacquiao’s advantage, he said.
“Pacquiao, because he lives in that area… Boy, it’s probably going to be a shutout if he is on his game at all,” Foreman said.
Foreman is predicting a decision victory for Pacquiao.
“I think it’s going to be a 12-round decision, and I give Pacquiao the hometown decision. How about a home-region decision,” he said.