Manny Pacquiao spoke to members of the media after the New York City stop for his Nov. 23 showdown with Brandon Rios. The Filipino hero said he wants to prove he still has it by beating the young, aggressive inside fighter.
Brandon Rios engaged the New York City media in a (sometimes combative) interview after the presser for his Nov. 23 showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Rios talked about the infamous Freddie Roach video, his loss to Mike Alvarado, and his vow to fight smart vs. Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao says he looks forward to proving his career isn’t over by beating Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau. Rios says he will train for the prime version of Pacquiao, but the two fighters have been respectful during their press tour, which landed in New York City’s Chinatown on Tuesday.
Manny Pacquiao addresses the media at the Venetian Resort in Macau at the press conference announcing his Nov. 23 clash with Brandon Rios.
Brandon Rios spoke to RingTV.com’s Ryan Songalia about his feelings about his Nov. 24 showdown Manny Pacquiao after the first press stop in Macau. Rios also ripped into his critics. Parental discretion is advised. (Rios uses rather colorful language when expressing himself.)
Evgeny Gradovich, who upset Billy Dib for the IBF featherweight belt in March in only his 16th pro fight, remains grounded going into his first title defense against Mauricio Munoz on Saturday on the Zou Shiming-topped card in Macau on HBO2.
Just two days from now, Brandon Rios will get his first up-close look at Manny Pacquiao, the once universally recognized best boxer on the planet, for the first of seven stops on a 23,722-mile worldwide media tour to promote their November 23 bout in Macau.
Flyweight combatants Zou Shiming and Jesus Ortega took to the stage in Macau along with WBO and WBA flyweight titleholder Juan Estrada, challenger Milan Melindo, IBF featherweight titleholder Evgeny Gradovich and his opponent, Mauricio Munoz, and heavyweights Andy Ruiz and Joe Hanks.
Andy Ruiz Jr., who faces fellow unbeaten heavyweight Joe Hanks on Saturday, says his opponents often underestimate his ability because of his obese appearance. “They doubt me because I’m a chubby kid,” he says, “… and when they get in the ring, they get their asses knocked out.”
Top Rank will pay for Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios to be randomly drug tested by The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency, according to company CEO Bob Arum.
Shots of all the combatants who will take part in Saturday’s card in Macau, including star attraction Zou Shiming in his pro debut, flyweights Brian Viloria and Juan Francisco Estrada, and junior lightweights Rocky Martinez and Diego Magdaleno.