Brandon Rios

(PHILSTAR) As soon as he lands his punches, Brandon Rios will remind Manny Pacquiao of that fateful night when he fell against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Rios, who tangles with Pacquiao in Macau next month, said he will take away Pacquiao's confidence the moment he hits the Filipino. He even went as far as saying that he'll be bringing Pacquiao memories of his devastating defeat to Marquez last December, wherein he suffered the worst loss of his career via a brutal sixth-round knockout.

If Manny Pacquiao feels he has an advantage, he will change his way of thinking when he feels my punch," Rios said in a training blog released by HBO, which will air the fight in the US on pay-per-view.

Aware of Pacquiao's high confidence leading to the fight, Rios said everything will change for the Filipino when they start trading blows.

He's going to start thinking, 'Awww man, I remember when Juan Manuel Marquez hit me like this.' Therefore, I believe he will change his way of thinking. But it will be too late," added the Mexican-America banger.

Because when I'm there and I give him the first punch, I'm going to start doing what I do best. Fight, give it my all, balls out, like I always do for my fans. I leave my heart in the ring. There, he will realize he did not have the advantage," he continued.

Rios also acknowledges the crowd support Pacquiao will be getting since the fighting congressman will be seeing action close to home, but simply brushed off his foe's advantage.

I am a fighter who wants to fight. Remember this, I am not fighting the crowd, I am fighting Manny Pacquiao. As far as Manny Pacquiao having the advantage, yeah I think he does have the hometown advantage, and most of the crowd might be rooting for him. But don't rule me out," Rios also said.

While many boxing observers view this fight as Pacquiao's comeback and perceive Rios as someone who'll make the Filipino look good in the ring, Rios is out to prove critics wrong.

This is not Pacquiao's fight, it's Pacquiao versus Rios, and I will let the world know that on Nov. 23," Rios ended.

No Marquez blunder in fight versus Rios' By Dino Maragay Updated Wednesday October 30, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao hopes he would not commit the same mistake that turned what had looked like a resounding victory into a shattering defeat against archrival Juan Manuel Marquez last year as he sets out for his bounce-back fight against Brandon Rios next month in Macau.

In a recent interview transcript published by, the Filipino boxing icon said he would take his time this time and take extra caution against Rios in their showdown on Nov. 24.

The fighting congressman had wanted to knock Marquez out so bad in their fight last December and attacked his rival without let-up in the fateful sixth round that left himself open for a counter.

Pacquiao ran straight into Marquez's perfectly timed counter and was knocked out cold at the end of the round, registering the worst loss of his career.

He was beating the hell out of Marquez in that round until the devastating blow came.

Against Rios, Pacquiao said it would be a different story this time.

I never go looking for the knockout, but you can be sure after getting careless with Juan Manuel Marquez, I won't be setting myself up for getting knocked out," he said.

Pacquiao stressed that he will be not rushing things against Rios, who is also capable of dishing out powerful blows and usually throws punches in volume.

With age comes maturity and with maturity comes patience," he added.

But this doesn't mean a knockout victory is out of the question for Pacquiao.

I will not rush in looking to knock Rios out, but rest assured if the opportunity presents itself I will go for it," said the Filipino.

Pacquiao and Rios will clash at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.


Arum guarantees $18M for Pacman; former fitness mentor joins Rios camp Updated Thursday September 19, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is set to pocket a guaranteed $18 million (approximately P774 million) when he slugs it out with Brandon Rios in November, according to Top Rank chief Bob Arum.

In a report by Bev Llorente of ABS-CBN News North America, Arum confirmed the amount, which could go higher once revenue from outlets such as pay-per-view and gate receipts comes in.

Manny is guaranteed $18 million, but we hope at the end of the day, he will do well enough so that he will get around $30 million," Arum said.

This marks Pacquiao's lowest payday since earning at least $20 million in his fights the past two years. In 2011, the Filipino icon received a guaranteed purse of $20 million against Shane Mosley and $22 million in his third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Against Timothy Bradley in 2012, Pacquiao pocketed $26 million and took home $25 million against Marquez in their fourth meeting. He lost both fights.

Pacquiao's $18 million earnings from the Rios fight pales in comparison to the whopping $41.5 million purse Floyd Mayweather banked in his showdown with Saul Alvarez last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Alex Ariza, Pacquiao's former strength and conditioning coach, will be on the opposite corner when the Filipino icon slugs it out with Rios.

Ariza's Twitter account now carries a new profile, which says, 'Strength Coach @brandon_rios1."

The conditioning expert from Colombia has jumped ship. He no longer works for Pacquiao after being "fired" by Freddie Roach some weeks back.

Instead, Ariza now works for Rios. Pictures he had posted on Twitter show. When the bell rings in Macau, Ariza will be on the opposite corner.

Ariza joined Team Pacquiao as the Filipino superstar prepared for the David Diaz fight in 2008. Everything went well. It was a rosy picture.

Ariza's presence was quickly felt as Pacquiao breezed past taller, bigger and heavier opponents like Oscar dela Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

Ariza helped turn Pacquiao into a 5-foot-6 wrecking ball. In the process, the Filipino became the only fighter in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes.

But cracks started to show early. Ariza had a fight with Pacquiao's chief adviser, Michael Koncz, and then had something going on with Roach.

In February 2011, Roach had implied that he wanted Ariza out. They tried hard to keep the rift to themselves, just minding their own business.

Then Ariza got into a word war with Bob Arum. He became unpopular within the team.

But Ariza said he didn't care what others say or think of him. He said he works for Pacquiao and will be there for as long as Pacquiao wanted him.

Everyone inside Team Pacquiao knew it was just a matter of time.

More than a month ago, Roach gave Ariza the pink slip.

I had a discussion with Manny and I told him that I had a lot of trouble working with Alex, because he was always trying to do everyone else's job," Roach told Yahoo! Sports.

Manny said, 'You're the boss. You hired him.' When he said that, I fired him," Roach added.

Ariza said he saw it coming.

It didn't come as too much of a shock, because over the course of the last couple of fights, obviously, Freddie and I were having differences of opinion on how to train Manny," Ariza also told Yahoo! Sports.

I didn't want Manny to be in a position where it affected his training or anything like that. If that's his decision, if that's what he wants, I respect the decision. This is part of it."

Roach said he would train Pacquiao for the Rios fight with or without the help of a new strength and conditioning coach.

However, reports said Gavin McMillan, an ex-tennis pro and a biomechanics specialist, is coming in to replace Ariza. Filipino trainer Marvin Somodio will also be there as well as old hands Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri.

Ariza has nothing against Pacquiao. He said he only wants the best for the Filipino fighter.

Meanwhile, Mayweather has four fights remaining in his six-bout deal with US broadcaster Showtime, and although previous talks between him and Pacquiao have failed, the Filipino could still possibly end up fighting the undefeated American.

But first, Arum said Pacquiao must get past Rios.

I've counseled Manny again and I'm going to adhere to that discipline," said Arum. �Don't look ahead to the next fight. Concentrate on Brandon Rios, and after that fight, there will be plenty of time on who he will fight next."

Pacquiao and Rios will clash on Nov. 24 at the Venetian Resort in Macau.  Abac Cordero and Dino Maragay/Contributor

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