The 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) will battle the 26-year-old Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on November 23 at the CotaiArena in Macau.
Meanwhile, Rios most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado in their March rematch.
A former lightweight champ, “Bam Bam” employs controversial strength and conditioning coach Angel Hernandez.
Thankfully, considering Hernandez is in the mix, both pugilists have agreed to random drug testing by The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Granted, Pacquiao has been defeated in consecutive matches by the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) and Timothy Bradley.
However, in actuality, Pacquiao outclassed the 29-year-old Bradley (30-0-0-1, 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.
Rios is a brawler looking to aggressively throw fists and the Texan’s style should prove ideal for Pacquiao.
The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA needs to retire from the squared circle.
Still, before shelving the gloves, Manny Pacquiao will emerge victorious within 11 rounds over an inferior Brandon Rios.by