Brandon Rios is hosting a party – a retirement party that is – for Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 24 in Macau.
“I am ready to retire Manny Pacquiao,” said Rios during an HBO interview during yesterday’s big Top Rank show in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Sounding supremely confident two days before he flies to Macau, the 27-year-old Rios said he will do what Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez could not last year.
And that is to force Pacquiao to hang up his gloves after he deals with him in their scheduled 12-round welterweight war at the Cotai Arena, a 15,000-capacity venue within the massive confines of The Venetian.
Bradley carved out a split decision–albeit controversial– over Pacquiao in June 2012 and Marquez followed it up with an emphatic sixth-round beatdown six months later.
Despite the back-to-back setbacks, Pacquiao, who turns 35 on Dec. 17, brushed off suggestions that he should call it quits, vowing that he will spring back to the limelight against the rugged Rios.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is on his final week of training in General Santos City and his team is set to leave for Macau in the afternoon of Nov. 18.
“The flight from General Santos City will be at 3 p.m. and we should be in Macau before sundown,” said Pacquiao staffer Joe Ramos.
Formal arrival rites for Pacquiao and Rios are taking place on Tuesday. (Nick Giongco)