Pacquiao vs Rios: Fighters go face-to-face in Macao

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Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios made their November 23 fight official tonight in Macao at their first press conference.

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios put the final stamp on their November 23 fight tonight in Macao, meeting up for their first official press conference ahead of their HBO pay-per-view main event from Cotai Arena.

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) is in a must-win situation right now, while Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO) is getting by far the biggest opportunity of his life. Trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia both promised wins for their guys, and promoter Bob Arum and HBO's Ken Hershman said they expect an action-packed fight, which Pacquiao agreed with.

"Brandon Rios loves to fight," Pacquiao said. "He loves to go toe-to-toe. We have to train hard."

Rios, who is in his first major main event, admitted to being nervous -- not about the fight, but about being at a press conference of this magnitude.

"This is my first big show, I never done this. I'm, like, nervous." Rios continued, "I'm gonna show the world, everybody that doubts me. Everybody that talks bad about me. Everybody that says I'm a punching bag. I'm gonna show them something different. It's gonna be a Brandon Rios win."

George Foreman was also on hand to help promote the fight, which will be the first-ever pay-per-view event from Macau.

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