MACAU – He’s not yet ready to ride into the sunset as what Brandon Rios claims, and Manny Pacquiao vows to prove that to the world on Sunday.
Breaking his silence on boasts made by the tough-talking American that he’s going to retire him, the 34-year-old pride of the Philippines said he doesn’t expect their 12-round welterweight match at the Cotai Arena inside the posh Venetian Hotel to be his last.
They Said It!
“Only God can tell me to retire." - Manny Pacquiao, reacting to comments from Brandon Rios
“I’m not underestimating him. He trains hard for this fight. He wants to win the fight, but I think this is not the time,” said the eight-time world champion shortly before working out with trainer Freddie Roach on Tuesday in this former Portuguese colony.
Shortly before departing for the gambling capital of Asia, the 27-year-old Rios said he’s ready to retire Pacquiao and become boxing's next superstar.
Asked about the boast of the American from Oxnard, California as he was wrapping him hands prior to the workout, the Pacman gave out a sheepish smile.
“That’s his opinion. He’s not greater than God. Only God can tell me to retire.”
Looking fit and trim despite almost a year of layoff, Pacquiao had a two-hour workout doing the mitts with Roach as the longest training camp of his career finally tapers off.
The Filipino boxing star last fought in December when he lost a stunning sixth round knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.
He admitted the long rest made him eager to fight and prove himself again.
“I’m hungry to fight again in the ring,” he said. “I feel the same way when I was just starting boxing.”
That should mean trouble for Rios.