• Welterweight

Pacquiao: I'll prove I'm not done yet

ESPN staff
August 7, 2013
Manny Pacquiao, left, takes the blame for being careless in his knockout defeat against Juan Manuel Marquez © AP

Manny Pacquiao hand-picked upcoming opponent Brandon Rios to prove his boxing career is anything but over, but any hopes he has for a fifth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez look increasingly remote.

The Filipino boxing great, once considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, was left unconscious after a brutal right cross from Marquez in the sixth round of their last meeting in December, prompting rumours that his career was drawing to a close.

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Marquez has said he is not interested in a fifth showdown with Pacquiao as he prepares to take on Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight title.

But Pacquiao, 34, is determined to show that he is not a spent force against American rising star Brandon Rios in Macau on November 24.

"People think that my boxing career has ended after my last fight," Pacquiao told the press in New York on the latest leg of his world tour to promote the fight. "But my condition was amazing, one of the best. I just got careless and Marquez got a good shot.

"I chose Rios because he's a good fighter, he throws a lot of punches and very aggressive. There's going to be more action in the ring and I can prove that I can still fight and my career is not done yet."

Rios, a big-hitting brawler who arrives with a 31-1-1 record including 23 knockouts, is eyeing a victory with the potential to propel him to boxing's top table.

"I want to show the world that Rios is the next super star on the rise," Rios said. "I'm ready, 100%. I'm ready to fight."

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