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Rios says he’s going to retire Pacquiao

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)

  • Nick

    Go Manny! Good luck!

  • jeffmagc marr

    i wanna see pacquiao with his punches like the sword strikes of lapulapu that would never end until the opponent gonna kiss the ground, and of course mr. pacman don’t forget your red fighting shorts coz the blue one is too lousy for you in the ring okay? now, let’s get it on buddy…you’re the David of today Manny ….use your fast 5 stone punching sling shot strike to those Goliaths on the other corner whoever they they are to keep their mouth shut >>>>>yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Jun

    Weeeeeh….your so much talking do it in the ring, i know u scared Manny that’s why you talk nonesense…..See u Nov. 24, and i predict you, you will kiss in the canvass
    @ 5 rounds believe me……..