Pacquiao 'will make Rios pay for jibes'

Trainer Freddie Roach fuels countdown to The Clash in Cotai after ill-feeling simmers following confrontation between two camps

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 November, 2013, 10:04pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 November, 2013, 10:19pm

Manny Pacquiao tried to play peacemaker ahead of Sunday's fight with Brandon Rios, but his trainer, Freddie Roach, insists the Filipino legend will make Rios pay after members of his camp mocked Roach's Parkinson's disease-affected speech.

The fallout from Wednesday's physical confrontation between Roach and the Rios camp continued on Thursday, with Roach saying Pacquiao had watched video of the heated incident in which Roach was kicked and his speech mocked.

"[Pacquiao] said to me, 'Are those the guys that made fun of you?' and I said yes, and he said, 'That's all I need to know', and he walked away," Roach said.

Let everybody finish in the ring … no trash talking before the fight
Manny Pacquiao

"He told me he's going to take care of this guy quickly."

Roach, 53, was kicked by his former colleague and Pacquiao cornerman Alex Ariza - now in the Rios camp assisting head trainer Robert Garcia - and while Roach initially called for police to arrest Ariza, he laughed off the seriousness of the confrontation a day later.

"What [Ariza] doesn't realise is that Manny hits me 10 times harder every day. It was like a girl kicking me," Roach said.

Pacquiao had earlier said the fracas should be forgotten.

A training session exploded into a heated confrontation between members of the two camps after Garcia's training with Rios overran by 10 minutes.

"All I can say, every team is preparing for this fight. My team, we are preparing for this fight, and Rios' team is preparing for this fight. Let everybody finish in the ring … no trash talking before the fight," said Pacquiao.

"It's not a good example to all the people who admire boxing. For me, what I can say is if anyone has a grievance against someone, they should forgive as the Lord forgives you. This is sport. It's nothing personal. We are doing our job in the ring. This is our job to perform and entertain."

The 34-year-old said the fight would be a must-see, reiterating his will to win, having lost to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in his last two outings - and he told compatriots affected by Typhoon Haiyan he was determined to win for them.

"All the people who are watching right now, especially the American people, don't miss this fight because it's going to be a good fight. Brandon says he's hungry to win and I am also hungry to win.

"Anyway, I am doing my best to give it a good fight and to win the fight, especially after what happened to my countrymen in the Philippines with the typhoon. To all the people and the families who are affected by this typhoon, this fight is for you," he said.

Meanwhile, Rios said he was excited at what will be the biggest fight of his career.

"I'm very excited to be right here on the biggest fight of my life," he said. "Sunday is going to be a big problem. They think I am no problem. It's going to be a big problem. Sunday you're going to find out I'm not going to stop. I'm a monster when I get in that ring."

Additional reporting by Associated Press