By Ryan Maquiñana
Cameron Dunkin, manager of junior welterweight star Brandon Rios, spoke to BoxingScene.com about his eagerness to make a fight between his client and Manny Pacquiao.
“I’ve been talking about this fight for awhile,” Dunkin told BoxingScene.com. “As far as a defining fight, this is it.”
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has brought up Apr. 20 for Pacquiao’s next fight date after the Filipino pound-for-pounder's fourth clash with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8. Considering the industry buzz after Rios’s thrilling stoppage of Mike Alvarado last Saturday, the possibility of Pacquiao-Rios in 2013 has increased exponentially.
Of course, such a bout would have to take place at welterweight, meaning Rios would have to move up one division.
“He has no problem making 147 [pounds], and for as long as it goes, it’s a tremendous fight,” Dunkin said.
The manager, who also steers the career of Tim Bradley—the man who controversially defeated Pacquiao in June and was distraught about not getting a rematch—gave his opinion on how Rios would approach a fight with the Filipino star.
“He fights non-stop,” Dunkin said of his client. “Brandon’s not going to fight anybody any different. He’s going to try to back Pacquiao up.”
Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.