OUT of the ring for about seven months, superstar Manny Pacquiao confessed he does miss fighting.
But on the day the Filipino boxing great finally returns to action, Brando Rios vowed it’s his star – and not the Pacman – that will shine the most.
The cocky American tried to steal the thunder during the first leg of the presser for his Nov. 24 bout with Pacquiao, boasting the 12-round match could be the last for the former eight-time world champion, whom he’ll inflict a third straight career loss.
“On November 24th, you’re gonna see a new superstar arrive and that’s gonna be me,” said the 27-year-old Rios, the former world lightweight champion, during the well-attended event at The Venetian in Macao Saturday.
“I’m going to show the world, everybody that doubts me, everybody that talks about me. They’ll find something out different. November 24th is going to be a Brandon Rios win.”
Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia then added fuel to the fire by likewise proclaiming a win for the Lubbock, Texas native, holder of a 31-1 record with 23 KOs.
“Everybody in the world knows Manny Pacquiao. Everybody in the world knows he’s been one of the best of all times, but we’re here to prove than Brandon is the next superstar. We will be ready for whatever Pacquiao brings and we’ll be ready to come out with the win,” said Garcia, who was in the corner of Antonio Margarito as chief trainer when Pacquiao beat the Mexican to a pulp in 2010.
Rios suffered his first loss to Mike Alvarado via unanimous decision in his last fight March of this year.
Back in the limelight following two shocking losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao was just too happy to be fighting again as he looks forward at fighting outside of the US for the first time in the last seven years.
“I’m happy to be back in boxing again,” said the second-termer Sarangani Province congressman. It’s going to be a good fight because Rios likes to fight toe-to-toe and loves action in the ring.”
Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach made everything simple, saying he’s ready to work with the 34-year-old southpaw once again.
“Looking forward to getting back to work with Manny. I have a lot of great fighters in my stable, but Manny’s always the no. 1 and we’ll be back on top soon,” he said.
From Macao, the presser moves over to Beijing on Monday (July 29) and then in Shanghai the following day, before proceeding to Singapore on Saturday (August 3).
Pacquiao, Rios and the rest of their entourage go to Connecticut for an interview with ESPN, after which, a press conference will be held separately in New York and Los Angeles.
“We’re going to give you a ride like you’ve never seen before. It’s going to be something special that I guarantee you,” said Top Rank Promotions chairman Bob Arum.