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Bob Arum: In a Year or Two, I'd Make Pacquiao vs. Rios

By Chris LaBate

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is very impressed with the fighting ability of Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs). On Saturday night Rios battered Urbano Antillon to get a stoppage win in three rounds at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

If Rios continues to climb in the ranks with impressive knockout victories, Arum would consider matching him with Top Rank's star fighter, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. The fight is at least a year or two away, and Rios would have to make a name for himself at junior welterweight, and then face Pacquiao above the limit of 140-pounds.

“In a year or two, I would put him in with Manny Pacquiao,” Arum said. “I think he’s a guy that can match Manny’s speed and power. He has the heart. He has the strength. I think it would be very competitive.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FeFist on 07-11-2011

He's probably banking on Pacquiao fading in the next couple of years so he can feed his all his hype to a new star.

Comment by Panterita on 07-11-2011

Right Now Pacquiao By KO In 2 Years Rios Kills Him

Comment by ernestot on 07-11-2011

if rios destroys evrybody in the 140lb class, then why not match him with pacquiao but i am thinking he will fight bradley or mayweather before he fights pacquio.

Comment by Laborer on 07-11-2011

any plans to seriously think about taking the proper drug test for pac? in a year or two, or never? just saying.

Comment by EdMon917 on 07-11-2011

I think Rios first needs to prove himself at 140 to see if he can even be considered for such a matchup against a Welterweight. He doesn't have the experience or skills to put up a good fight in my…

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