Brandon Rios Closing in on Marquez Explosion in Texas

By Rick Reeno

According to Bob Arum, the CEO of Top Rank, next Saturday's split-site pay-per-view is a likely springboard for a potential all-action fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Brandon Rios.

Both fighters will headline separate events on the HBO/Top Rank pay-per-view telecast. Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) will fight Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBA lightweight title at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, while Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) faces Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO's interim-junior welterweight title at the new Arena Mexico in Mexico City.

If Marquez and Rios pull through as expected, Arum's company will attempt to finalize a deal to match them on July 14th at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

"That's the plan. We would like to have Rios against Marquez at Cowboys Stadium, if they win their fights on Saturday," Arum told

Both Rios and Marquez are willing to fight each other in July.

The winner of Marquez-Rios could very well move on to a potential fight with Manny Pacquiao in the fall - but that possibility depends on the outcome of Pacquiao's fight against Timothy Bradley on June 9th at the MGM Grand.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 915angel on 04-02-2012

[QUOTE=RyunosukeRonin;11964291]Don't see a downside to this fight for the fans or fighters should be a douzy[/QUOTE] not watchin if it aint at 147

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 04-02-2012

Don't see a downside to this fight for the fans or fighters should be a douzy

Comment by 915angel on 04-02-2012

dont wanna see this fight unless rios moves up to 147.. marquez is just gettin acquainted at 147 he looks more comfortable... hell marquez is the marquee fighter here if rios wanna step up lets make it at 147 :boxing:

Comment by RIZO24 on 04-02-2012

[QUOTE=the mesiah;11963513][SIZE="4"]MAKE IT HAPPEN OLD MAN!![/SIZE] [IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] JMM is so good but Rios is so much bigger and stronger!!! I hope they fight..

Comment by the mesiah on 04-02-2012


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