Pacquiao: My comeback starts in fight with Rios


Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, poses with Brandon Rios at a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, Aug 8, 2013, to promote their upcoming boxing match. Pacquiao and Rios are scheduled to fight in a welterweight match at The Venetian Macao in Macau on Nov. 24. AP Photo/Nick Ut

BEVERLY HILLS, California – Manny Pacquiao will be coming off the longest layoff of his incredible career when he steps back into the ring in Macau in November.

It will also be two years since the former pound-for-pound champion’s last victory.

But Pacquiao thinks his bout with Brandon Rios will just be the start of his comeback, not a retirement party.

Pacquiao made his last public appearance in North America on Thursday before heading back to the Philippines, where the congressman will start training camp in October.

Although Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) is unshakably confident in his abilities, trainer Freddie Roach acknowledges he will have to discuss retirement with Pacquiao if the brawling Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs) pulls an upset.

Pacquiao also will train without longtime strength coach Alex Ariza, who was fired by Roach.

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  • valsore

    Thats what you said just before you lost to Marquez. I don’t believe you anymore, just prove it in the ring.

  • maysayako

    fearless forecast- paqsiw tko sa 1st round! planking na naman for sure si manny paqsiw! emen, pris da lurd!


    Me livestream sa internet. Libre pa. I don’t think Filipinos have to endure shelling out some hard-earned dough just for Manny to recoup his campaign expenditures in the last election, not after breaking the hearts of Filipinos in his last two outings.

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