MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao beating Brandon Rios wouldn’t come as a shock to many because he has already done a lot in boxing, according to a boxing coach.
Boxing coach Naazim Richardson said Rios is not an impressive opponent for Pacquiao especially after the Mexican lost his bout against Mike Alvarado.
“Pacquiao beating Rios after Mike Alvarado has beaten Brandon Rios, it would impress you?” said Richardson, who coached Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins, told On the Ropes Boxing Radio.
“Now I'm not disrespecting Mike Alvarado, but on the scale of where we level the greatness in champions, not too many people are gonna mark Mike Alvarado as a great, and he's already beaten Brandon Rios.”
Pacquiao will be fighting Rios in November, almost a year after he succumbed to a sixth-round knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez.
The fight will take place at The Venetian in Macau as the Filipino superstar aims at the Asian market.
Short of saying that the Filipino boxer should retire, Richardson said Pacquiao has already done much in boxing.
“Is Manny Pacquiao gonna do something that's gonna make you say, 'Wow, that's more exciting than when he beat Cotto, that's more exciting than when he beat Ricky Hatton.' What? Will he win another title? The only thing he hasn't done is get disqualified in boxing,” said Richardson.