BRANDON Rios is hoping to do what Manny Pacquiao accomplished five years ago.
The 27-year-old former world champion vows to send the Filipino ring great into retirement with a win which he hopes would finally catapult him to boxing stardom.
“I’m ready to retire Manny Pacquiao. I’m ready to become a superstar,” Rios told HBO boxing commentator Jim Lampley prior to departing for Macau 12 days before his November 24 welterweight match against Pacquiao at the Venetian Hotel.
The 34-year-old Pacquiao was in the same exact situation as Rios was in 2008 when he faced boxing’s `Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya as a heavy underdog.
The Pacman went on and stunned the world after stopping De La Hoya prior to the ninth round of their 12-round showdown.
The six-time world champion and 1992 Barcelona Olympic gold medal winner retired four months after the loss, while Pacquiao became a full-fledged star and the face of the sport following the sensational win.
Rios also hopes the recent victories of fellow stablemates Nonito Donaire Jr. and Mikey Garcia will rub off on him.
Donaire scored a ninth-round technical knockout of Vic Darchinyan in a 10-round rematch, while Garcia wrested the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-featherweight belt from Roman `Rocky’ Matinez following an eight-round knockout win.
Garcia, Donaire, and Rios are all being trained by former world champion Robert Garcia.