The 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) will throw fists with the 27-year-old Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on November 23 at the CotaiArena in Macau.
“I feel like Manny is going to outbox this guy and he’ll knock him out inside of six,” said Roach, 53, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the BWAA.
“We see [Rios] wearing plastics all the time because he has to lose weight. He’s moving from 140 to 147 and he still has to lose weight. That tells you what kind of discipline he has and I think we’re gonna take advantage of that. Manny’s in great shape and we’re ready to fight right now at this moment. He’s already below weight. So, he’ll have breakfast and lunch before the weigh-in and Rios won’t. We’ll see Rios in the ring and see who the best guy is.”
“Bam Bam” most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado in their March rematch.
Conversely, Pacquiao was violently knocked onto Queer Street by Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Granted, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” has been defeated in consecutive matches by the 40-year-old Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) and Timothy Bradley.
However, in actuality, Pacquiao outclassed the 30-year-old Bradley (31-0-0-1, 12 KOs) and was battering Marquez before the juicehead landed a savage overhand right that finished the scrap at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Reportedly manhandling sparring opponents, Rios is a ferocious swinger looking to brawl.
Unfortunately for the native Texan, Rios is also sloppy and substandard defensively.
With elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao should absolutely feast on Rios’ chaotic style.
Manny Pacquiao is “the best guy” and Brandon Rios will struggle to make it outside “of six.”by