• Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios

Rios ready to retire Pacquiao in Macau

ESPN staff
November 18, 2013
Brandon Rios wants to be the fighter who ends Manny Pacquiao's career © Getty Images

Brandon Rios has vowed to end Manny Pacquiao's career when the pair fight for the vacant WBO international welterweight title in Macau on November 23.

Pacquiao is looking to recover from successive defeats after first losing his WBO title to Timothy Bradley in 2012 before being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez on his last outing.

Trainer Freddie Roach recently revealed he will advise the 35-year-old to retire should he suffer a third consecutive loss to Rios.

However Rios, who is also aiming to return to winning ways following a decision defeat to Mike Alvarado in March, believes he is far hungrier than the former eight-division world champion.

"Pacquiao has done great. No one can say he didn't because he won world titles at eight weights. But it's time he should call it quits. It's time for me," Rios told Sky Sports.

"I'm young, I'm hungry and I want it. I want the success. I want to beat the best to be the best and to be recognised as one of the best. And so that's why I'm going to win."

Rios' loss to Alvarado, which is the only mark on his card after 33 professional fights, was for the WBO light-welterweight title. However, the American known as 'Bam Bam' believes the step up to welterweight level will not faze him, and that he plans to fight at 147 pounds in the future.

"It's a step up in weight, but 147 [pounds] is not going to be any factor," Rios said. "I'm probably stronger at 147. I think 147 is my natural weight.

"I think I'm going to stay here for a while now. I don't see that I'm going to go down to 140 again. I can make 140 easily but why make 140 if you can stay at 147? So I think it is a natural weight. I'm ready."

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