In addition to admitting that he made mistakes when he was knocked out during his fight against Juan Manuel Márquez, the Filipino icon also compared his current opponent, Rios, to former Pacquiao KO victim, Ricky Hatton.
"My gameplan for Rios will be similar to the one I had for Ricky Hatton," Pacquiao said. "That fight didn't go long enough for me to unveil everything. Maybe this time I'll be able to show more of that plan. Maybe."
HBO's 24/7 Pacquiao/Rios miniseries will debut on Saturday.
"Brandon Rios is an extremely dangerous opponent, Pacquiao said. "He is young, strong and has no quit in him. I raced him up the steps of the Great Wall. He’s a competitor."
“I have seen Rios fight and I am confident that I will win the fight. One of my advantages is my experience against better opposition. A more diversified opposition."
He even says a second time he's convinced he will win the fight against
"Rios is an aggressive fighter. He likes to fight on the inside and toe-to-toe. He likes to fight, period. It will be a very entertaining fight for the fans. It will be all action. A real fight and not a track meet. I am 100% confident of winning this fight. The focus of this camp has been 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 Márquez."
Pacquiao has an overall record of 54-5 with 38 of his wins coming via knockout.
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