I’m a monster in the ring, says Rios | Inquirer Sports

I’m a monster in the ring, says Rios

/ 11:20 PM November 21, 2013

MACAU—Brandon Rios boasted Wednesday night he’s in the best shape of his life, ready to rumble and raring to prove boxing experts wrong.

“I’m a monster when I go on the ring,” Rios said during the press conference drumming up the “Clash in Cotai” on Sunday at The Venetian Macao.

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Irritated by the continued reference to him as tuneup fighter, sparring partner and punching bag, Rios said he’ll be a “big problem” for Pacquiao instead.

The former WBO lightweight champion said the last training camp made him a better fighter. Disciplined and dedicated.

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Rios, who promised to retire Pacquiao with a dominant performance here, swears he was whipped into murderous form by five months of preparation under 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia.

The 27-year-old Rios, toting a record of 31 wins, including 22 knockouts, with one loss and one draw, promises to wear down Pacquiao, who’s turning 35 on Dec. 17.

Taller than Pacquiao by 2½ inches at 5-foot-9, Rios insists he’s physically stronger and will take the fight to the eight-division world champion.

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