Pacquiao prepares for Rios fight

Boxers Manny Pacquiao (l.) and Brandon Rios are scheduled to battle in a welterweight bout at Venetian Macao on Nov. 24. MARY ALTAFFER/AP

Filipino boxing icon Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao will start his 10-week training today as he prepares for his come-back fight against Brandon Rios on November 24 in Macau.

Pacman will start his stamina buildup even without hall of famer head coach Freddie Roach and two sparring partners.

Roach and Pacquiao’s sparring partners Chinese national Lian Hui and Liam Vuaghan of Great Britain will arrive on October 7.

Pacquiao admitted that Rios is a huge hurdle and that he is not underestimating Rios’ skills.

Pacquiao, who won seven titles in as many divisions, will climb the ring after devastating defeats in 2012, fist against Timothy Bradley and second against Juan Manuel Marquez. (Rommel Fuertes)


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