Brandon Rios (Photo : Reuters)
Brandon 'Bam Bam' Rios sent a strong warning to Manny Pacquiao ahead of their welterweight clash in November, promising to give Pacman another brutal beating in the ring and eventually send him into his retirement.
Rios, who's set to face the former pound-for-pound king on November 24 in Macau, China, is apparently motivated for his upcoming bout which he already started his training for way ahead of schedule.
The 27-year old pugilist is reportedly working hard at the gym in Oxnard, California as he prepares to be in his best shape.
Many boxing followers are surprised with the level of dedication being shown by Rios, who doesn't usually start training until the start of his camp.
Coming off a unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado in March, Rios looks to prove to the boxing world that he remains a relevant contender in the welterweight division.
Without mincing a word, Rios said the only way to pull it off is to simply knock out Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, is not expected to hit the gym until August. The Pacman won another set in the Philippine congress after running unopposed for congressman in the lone district of Saranggani.
Pacquiao, who holds a title in eight divisions in his career, is set to make his return in the squared circle after absorbing a devastating sixth round loss to long-time rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December.
Top-Rank promoter Bob Arum finally arranged the Pacquiao-Rios fight after months of negotiation with Pacman's camp.
With the Pay-Per-View pricing reportedly pegged at $5, Top-Rank Promotions is foreseeing an astronomically large amount of money by capitalizing on China's 1.34 billion market.
Rios is set to earn the biggest paycheck of his career against Pacquiao, who's assured to get the lion's share of the fight purse.