Rios will exploit Pacquiao’s mistakes

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Brandon Rios said he will exploit whatever mistakes Manny Pacquiao will make when they meet Nov. 24 at The Venetian in Macau.


A costly mistake in the dying seconds of the sixth round is the general consensus on why Pacquiao lost the bout against Juan Manuel Marquez who knocked out the Filipino while leading and controlling the fight.

“Manny makes a lot of mistakes and (trainer) Robert (Garcia) and I will be working hard on making a plan to exploit them,” said Rios as their seven-city press tour hit Beijing yesterday.

Rios said he will begin training camp as soon as he returns to Oxnard, California, after the press tour and he expects to begin the tough grind with a 12-round sparring session immediately.

“I can’t let this opportunity slip through my fingers,” added Rios, 27, who is the betting underdog in the scheduled 12-round welterweight war at the 15,000-capacity CotaiArena.

Pacquiao is likewise pressured to put on a show of force following his disastrous sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December and the split decision defeat to Tim Bradley six months earlier.

“I’m 34 and I now need to train over a longer period. The focus of this camp will be on speed and footwork, which have been my advantages in previous successful fights. I’ll be more careful to avoid the careless error I made against Marquez.”

Despite the smackdown that Marquez dealt him, Pacquiao remains confident that it’s premature to count him out.

From Beijing, Pacquiao and Rios will travel to Shanghai for another press conference at the Four Seasons before making a brief stop in Singapore for a private function with officials of the Marina Bay Sands. Manila Bulletin