By Luis Sandoval
Brandon Rios will not only be fighting over seas for the first time in his professional career but he will also be making his welterweight debut when he takes on Manny Pacquiao on November 23rd in Macau, China. Rios is known for his relentless pressure style and for packing a solid punch but it was brought to his attention that trainer Freddie Roach questioned whether he would carry his power up for this fight.
Rios spent most of his career at 135 and his only two fights at 140 came against Mike Alvarado where size and punching power did not appear to be hindered by the move up. At 147, Rios feels the additional 7 pounds will actually be beneficial to him and his power will come with him.
“Of course everybody thought that because at 135 everyone thought my power was not going to translate to 140 [and] it did very well. 147 is going to be even better. I'm going to be stronger and I don't have to cut weight too much. I'll be walking around very well and weight is going to be perfect. So at 147 my power is going to show and they will see it too. The reason I think they're saying that is because they're probably having a little doubt in their mind. I'm not saying they are but they might have a little doubt but we're going to be ready” said Rios.
Everyone has their opinions on what Rios will need to do in order to be successful in this fight. Some point to the way Marquez fought Pacquiao as he has been the only fighter to consistently give Pacquiao stylistic problems despite not being awarded victories in those three previous encounters. It was mentioned to Rios if he felt he needed to have a Marquez like approach to the fight to which Rios dismissed quickly.
“I don't need to fight like Marquez because Marquez is Marquez. I'm going to fight the way I fight but in a smarter way. So we're going to work on it when we get back to the gym and we'll go over the game plan. We're going to fight in a smart way but my style [and] fight the same way I do. Because I'm not a Marquez, I'm not a boxer, I'm not a counterpuncher. I'm a brawler. I got balls and heart and I come to fight” stated Rios.
After a long international press tour Rios is now back in Oxnard where he has begun his training and preparation for the biggest fight of his career.
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