Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) will scrap the 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) on November 23 at the CotaiArena in Macau.
“Bam Bam” most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado in their March rematch.
“I am going to China to win,” said Rios, 27, a former WBA lightweight champion who employs controversial strength and conditioning coach Angel Hernandez. “I am going to wear down like I do all of my opponents. If I get a knockout, good. I am physically strong and I am going to take it to him. I am in the prime of my career, not like Pacquiao.”
Conversely, Pacquiao was violently knocked onto Queer Street by Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Granted, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” has been defeated in consecutive matches by the 40-year-old Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) and Timothy Bradley.
However, in actuality, Pacquiao outclassed the 30-year-old Bradley (31-0-0-1, 12 KOs) and was battering Marquez before the juicehead landed a savage overhand right that finished the scrap at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Reportedly manhandling sparring opponents, Rios is a ferocious brawler looking to aggressively throw fists.
Unfortunately for the native Texan, Rios is also sloppy and substandard defensively.
With elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao will absolutely feast on Rios’ chaotic style.