MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach said Manny Pacquiao will reply to Brandon Rios' knockout claims once they meet in the ring.
The hall-of-fame boxing coach has heard Rios' lofty predictions and he is sure they can come up with the right answer on November 24.
"He likes to talk s--t and we're going to shut him up," Roach said in an interview with Boxing Scene’s Luis Sandoval.
Rios earlier claimed he’ll show the Filipino boxer who’s boss when they clash at The Venetian in Macau in November.
He also claimed that he’ll duplicate Juan Manuel Marquez’s feat of knocking out Pacquiao.
“When I catch his ass, he's going to go down,” the brash Mexican said.
Roach welcomed Rios statement, saying that Pacquiao will love a good old-fashioned brawl with the younger fighter.
“Rios is tough guy, he's coming off a loss,” Roach said. “He knows he needs a big win here. I love the fight.”
Meanwhile, the boxing trainer said he has no problem setting up camp in General Santos ahead of the Macau clash.
Roach said Pacquiao has already laid out plans for a distraction-free training camp that will be beneficial for their preparations against Rios.
“I may bring a lot of fighters over there... Manny's got the camp set up and it's very secured. It's not going to give him a lot of distractions coming in. I think we'll have less problems there than here,” said Pacquiao’s coach, referring to the famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.