MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao, whoâ€™d been bruised, battered and bloodied in many fights, could suffer the same against Brandon Rios in November.
Rios, younger and hungrier, vowed to make it happen.
â€œAll-out war, itâ€™s gonna be an all- out war. I think it will be a bloody mess, heâ€™s gonna go crazy, Iâ€™m gonna go crazy, itâ€™s just gonna be a great fight you know,â€ he told www.doghouseboxing.com.
â€œI say a war, a bloody war, thatâ€™s what itâ€™s going to be,â€ added Rios.
Rios had been to similar fights, and never backed down. His last two fights against Mike Alvarado were two great fights, and itâ€™s a rivalry thatâ€™s bound to continue.
The 27-year-old Rios, a former world champion in the lightweight division, knocked out Alvarado in the sixth round in October 2012 but was outpointed in their rematch last March.
But even before he can think of facing Alvarado once more, heâ€™s in for the fight of his life, the biggest and richest fight of his career, against Pacquiao on Nov. 24 at The Venetian in Macau.
Neither fighter has ever fought in Macau.
The odds are already out, and Pacquiao, despite two straight defeats to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez last year, remains the favorite.
But Rios is not taking any chances, and told www.doghouse.com heâ€™s already been in and out of gym with five months before the Pacquiao fight.
He said heâ€™s been sparring with Marcos Maidana lately just to make sure he doesnâ€™t start from scratch when official training for the Pacquiao fight begins.
â€œThatâ€™s why Iâ€™m in the gym Mondayâ€™s and Fridayâ€™s you know. Iâ€™m in the gym now sparring with Maidana, just to help him out. Just to keep my momentum, my movement,â€ he said.
Maidana was in his own war yesterday, knocking out Josesito Lopez in the sixth round of their welterweight contest in Carson, California.
â€œI donâ€™t want that to die out completely and not train this whole time so when I go back into my camp and be rested you know. So Iâ€™m ready when I go to camp my bodyâ€™s rested you know when I get put in camp Iâ€™ll be ready to go and Iâ€™ll be ready.â€
Pacquiao, on the other hand, is fresh from his re-election as congressman in his province of Sarangani, and is just slowly putting his mind back into boxing.
Pacquiao, who hasnâ€™t fought since he got whacked by Juan Manuel Marquez last December, has been keeping himself fit by playing basketball.
A couple of days ago, Pacquiaoâ€™s adviser, Mike Koncz, talked about the possibility of reviving talks with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a 2014 fight.
But Rios is here standing in front of Pacquiao, promising a â€œbloody warâ€ at 147 pounds.
Donâ€™t ask him, but Rios could be thinking of Mayweather, too.