By NICK GIONGCO
A diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein is what’s keeping Brandon Rios in the mood for destruction.
Reports from Macau, where Rios has been holding out since Wednesday after arriving from a trans-Pacific flight from Los Angeles, say that the 27-year-old Mexican-American has been in high spirits.
“He eats frequent small meals that are low in carbs and high in protein,” relayed Top Rank publicity chief Lee Samuels.
Rios faces Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 24 and Rios is looking forward to chomping down the Filipino
icon as well when they answer the bell at the Cotai Arena.
While heavy training is no longer the norm ever since his arrival in the former Portuguese colony, Rios remains committed to his plyometrics exercises under conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
The day of his arrival, Rios even went out for a swim at the pool of The Venetian, a part of his training regimen under Ariza.
The past few days, Rios has been bragging about the way he plans to put an end to Pacquiao’s storied career by way of a sensational showing next week.
As Rios continues to brag about his desire to take the place of Pacquiao as boxing’s superstar, Pacquiao calmly did his thing in General Santos City.
On Monday afternoon, Pacquiao and his team, as well as Chinese Olympic legend Zou Shiming, are taking a private plane for Macau.
Meanwhile, the formal arrival rites for Pacquiao and Rios is scheduled for Tuesday night to accommodate the US media and audience.
Top Rank and The Venetian, which are teaming up in bringing Pacquiao and Rios in Macau, have also set the main press conference on Wednesday evening, a time when it’s morning in the US mainland.
The official weighin is set at 7:30 am on Nov. 23.
The Pacquiao-Rios fight will happen between 12 noon and 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.