One day after arriving in Macau, site of his Nov. 23 welterweight bout with Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios was already playing his strategy during a six-round sparring session with former U.S. National champion Erick De Leon at the Venetian Hotel.
A 21-year-old southpaw with a record of 6-0 that includes two knockouts, De Leon was the recipient of an assortment of body shots, including left hooks.
“Rios was explosive today,” said De Leon, in a prepared release from Top Rank. “On Nov. 23, sooner or later in the ring, Pacquiao is going to have to engage. When that happens, Rios is going to unload the way he did against me today.”
Rios had a four-hour workout that included mitt work with chief trainer Robert Garcia, as well as striking the heavy bag, floor exercises and closing with fitness exercises.
“We keep working, Brandon,” said Garcia when asked by his fighter, “What’s next?” after the third hour. “This is how we are going to beat Pacquiao.”
Rios was last in the ring in March, when Mike Alvarado won a unanimous decision to avenge a seventh-round stoppage loss from October of 2012.
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