• Brandon Rios v Manny Pacquiao

Rios will get the Hatton treatment - Pacquiao

ESPN staff
November 7, 2013
Manny Pacquiao knocked out Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand in 2009 © Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao has indicated he will aim to use the same game plan as he did against Ricky Hatton when he steps into the ring with Brandon Rios on November 23.

Pacquiao and Rios go head-to-head for the vacant WBO international welterweight title in Macau, with the Filipino vying to bounce back from successive defeats to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

After labelling Rios as an "aggressive fighter", Pacquiao revealed he will look to execute a similar tactic which helped him to a knockout win over Hatton at the MGM Grand in 2009.

"I want to prove to everyone that I can still fight like the old Manny Pacquiao. I need to restore the public's confidence in me and my abilities," Pacquiao told World Boxing News.

"It's important that this be an impressive victory. I have already begun to visualise my fight with Rios.

"My game plan for Rios will be similar to the one I had for Ricky Hatton. 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.

"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 [Juan Manuel] Marquez."

Rios is hoping to respond to a unanimous decision loss suffered to Mike Alvarado earlier this year.

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