Former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios, trainer Robert Garcia and the rest of their team arrived Wednesday in Macau, China, ahead of Rios’ showdown with Manny Pacquiao in a 12-round welterweight fight on Nov. 23 (HBO PPV) at the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena
As always, Rios was enthusiastic.
“I'm in China, baby,” Rios exclaimed when he arrived. “I worked hard in camp, have a great team, Robert Garcia will be in my corner on the night of my fight. I'm totally prepared, and I will win.”
Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs) will continue to train at the Venetian Macao's gym beginning Thursday morning.
"I also know China fans will be rooting for me,” said Rios, who got a good reception from fans throughout the country when he and Pacquiao were there for their summer media tour. “They told me that the last time I was here for our media tour, when Pacquiao and I raced up the stairs of the Great Wall. I beat him then, and I will beat him on Nov. 23. It's great to be back here. I am ready to retire Manny Pacquiao. Victory will be mine.”
Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), the former eight-division titleholder, will arrive in Macau on Monday night from the typhoon-ravaged Philippines.