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MANNY PACQUIAO: "I AM MORE THAN CONFIDENT...I HAVE THE STRENGTH OF MY COUNTRY"

By Press Release | November 18, 2013
MANNY PACQUIAO:

"I am more than confident.  Rios is bigger than me.  Remember Goliath was bigger than David and yet David needed just one stone to fell the giant," stated multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who arrived at Macau International Airport earlier today with his trainer, Freddie Roach, as they get set to make their Grand Arrival ahead of this Saturday's showdown with Brandon Rios. Check out what else he had to say!

MANNY PACQUIAO

"Am I confident for my fight with Rios?  I am more than confident.  Rios is bigger than me.  Remember Goliath was bigger than David and yet David needed just one stone to fell the giant.  I enter this fight stronger than ever.  I have the strength of my country and my people coursing through my body.  I fight for them, not for me.  I fight for their glory, not mine."

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Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, Warner Bros. Pictures "Grudge Match," and Eva Airlines, Pacquiao vs. Rios will take place Saturday, November 23, at The Venetian® Macao's CotaiArena™.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

For Pacquiao, this marks the pound-for-pound box office monarch's first fight outside the U.S. since his 12-round super featherweight unanimous decision victory over former world champion Oscar Larios in 2006, which took place in the Philippines.  Rios, one of boxing's most exciting fighters, has only fought outside the U.S. twice, in México, winning a 10-round split decision over Ricardo Dominguez and knocking out  Daniel Valenzuela in the second round in 2008 and 2009, respectively. .

HBO Sports' groundbreaking "24/7" reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, is providing an all-access pass to Pacquiao vs. Rios.  The final episode of "24/7: Pacquiao/Rios" debuts Thursday, Nov. 21 (10:00 p.m.), just two days before the welterweight showdown.

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