By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com ran into junior welterweight contender Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7KOs) at today's public workout for Timothy Bradley (30-0-1, 22KOs) as he prepares for his June 9th pay-per-view showdown against Manny Pacquiao.
Herrera said that he has verbally agreed to face Brandon Rios on July 7th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA and that he is just waiting on the contract. He also disclosed that the fight will be fought at a maximum of 141 pounds.
Rios, who is moving up from the lightweight division, has failed to make weight in his past two fights which were contracted to be fought at the 135 pound limit. Herrera said that he isn't worried about Rios making weight for their fight.
"The fight will be fought at 141 pounds," stated Herrera. "I know he had trouble making weight at 135 but I think he will be okay making this weight. If he doesn't then we will worry about it when it happens," Herrera told BoxingScene.com
Herrera had a successful 2011 as he reeled off upset victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Mike Dallas. He also put on a gutsy performance in a decision loss to Mike Alvarado this past April in a fight that appeared closer than the scorecards indicated.
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