By Karl Freitag
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call on Thursday. The call emanated from General Santos City, Philippines, where Pacquiao has been in deep, rigorous training for his battle with former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs) on November 23 in Macau, China.
Pacquiao said that he’s training as hard as he did earlier in his career. “We’re very focused on training, no distractions. For this fight in Macau, it’s better to train in the Philippines…I’m going to do my best to put my name back on the top of boxing. I’m very excited.”
Regarding Rios’ aggressive style, Pacman stated “That’s what I want. I like that. I like that style.”
He also stated he has been tested twice by VADA and that he is only focused on Rios and no other potential opponents.
Arum commented, “Manny is training more seriously and harder than anytime I’ve seen him…General Santos is a perfect place for him to train. He concentrates on nothing else but his training and I think the Manny Pacquiao you’re going to see on November 23 is going to be a Manny Pacquiao that is perhaps even better than the Pacquiao we saw against De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto.