Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Rios Admits To Being a Marquez Fan, as Clash Looms

By Jake Donovan

The suggestion from the April 14 split site pay-per-view card is that we can possibly look forward to a summer showdown between Juan Manuel Marquez and Brandon Rios should both emerge victorious this weekend. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is eyeing a July 14 clash at Cowboys Stadium.

Marquez (53-6-1, 39KO) returns to the ring for the first time since his controversial points loss in his third fight with Manny Pacquiao last November. The legendary Mexican boxer takes on Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13KO) in Mexico City, while in pursuit of the biggest fights possible in what could very well be the final year of a Hall of Fame career.

While Marquez enjoys a homecoming, Rios (29-0-1, 22KO) will headline the live action taking place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The unbeaten lightweight seeks to regain a vacant version of the title he lost at the scales last December as he faces Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8KO), a Cuban export now based out of Miami.

Even in the presence of a pending superfight, Rios still can’t help but be in awe of what Marquez has accomplished in his career. Obviously that admiration that will go away – to a degree - if and when a bell rings for their destined collision, but Rios has no problem admitting that he remains a huge fan.

“There are very fighters who can do what Juan Manuel Marquez does,” Rios insists. “He’s still got it in him, that’s why he’s still fighting. He’s a nice, polite guy. He’s very likeable and gives the fans what they want. He’s not old, he’s still young. He’s a young 38.

“I’m honored to be fighting on the pay-per-view card with him.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter:@JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by newcastleking on 04-10-2012

Rios is all guts and fire & Marquez...is the science! What a war it would be but id have to roll with Marquez on this one!

Comment by Boskop on 04-09-2012

Pleeeaaase let Marquez have a go at Khan (or Peterson), and put Rios-Alvarado on the undercard.

Comment by rochemback on 04-09-2012

This would be the best big fight of the year so far. Better than Floyd-Cotto or Pac-Bradley. Such a shame Rios-Gamboa did not happen...

Comment by ricky1978 on 04-09-2012

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;11986194]If he is a fan of Marquez then he shouldn't fight him imo, very easy to get starstruck and overwhelmed by the fact that your in there with a legend, good way to get Ko'ed...[/QUOTE] Not likely, Pac was a…

Comment by Hougigo on 04-09-2012

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;11986194]If he is a fan of Marquez then he shouldn't fight him imo, very easy to get starstruck and overwhelmed by the fact that your in there with a legend, good way to get Ko'ed...[/QUOTE] I think if you're a…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (12)
Top Headlines Jonas, Saunders, Hall, Kelly, Fowler Win Bouts in Newcastle Canelo: Mayweather's Style Doesn't Make For Attractive Fights Seven British Boxers Head To Finals in Euro Championships Canelo: I Have To Be Smart, Elusive, Not Stand in Front of GGG Loeffler on The Venue Hunt For HBO Super Flyweight Triple Hearn: Ward-Kovalev Stopped Too Early - But Kovalev Was Done McGregor's Coach: Many Respected Boxers Have Offered Help Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn Picked Up By BoxNation Taras Shelestyuk Returns on 'Locked and Loaded' - July 1 Jermain Taylor is Broke, Facing Multiple Lawsuits Bryant Jennings, Top Rank Officially Announce Promotional Deal World Boxing Super Series - Live Draft on July 8 Hearn: Ward-Kovalev Not Promoted Right, I Would've Smashed It! Canelo-Golovkin: There Isn't Any Legitimate Bad Blood Alan Sanchez Faces Miguel Huerta in Woodland, California SHO's Espinoza: All Early Bets on McGregor To Beat Mayweather De La Hoya: Canelo-Golovkin Winner is No. 1 Pound-for-Pound Hopkins: Kovalev Stoppage Was Legit, Ward Wore Him Down George Groves Daring Zeuge To Enter World Boxing Super Series Fenech Backs Horn To Shock Pacquiao in History Making Fight Skoglund, Nielsen Brothers Could Be in Line For WBSS Tourney Wilder's Manager: We Want To Have All The Titles in 12 Months Gomera, Lee Make Weight For WBA Asia Title Bout in South Korea Video: Bernard Hopkins Talks Ward-Kovalev, Canelo-GGG Tony Weeks Owes Apologies to Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward Photos: Canelo, Golovkin - Go Face To Face in Los Angeles! Davis vs. Salido Being Eyed For Mayweather-McGregor PPV? Canelo: The Mayweather-McGregor Fight Will Hurt Boxing A lot Alimento Makes 30-day Mandatory Weight for WBC Regional Mayweather-McGregor: A Look Back at The Verbal Sparring Jennings: Joshua Should Jump Right on Klitschko in Rematch Canelo Admits He is "Obsessed" With Giving GGG His First Loss Oscar Valdez: I'm Not Afraid To Risk Record, I Want Gary Russell Jr. DiBella on Mayweather-McGregor: De La Hoya - Shut The F*** Up! Wilder's Manager Likes Idea of Return on Mayweather-McGregor Roach: Pacquiao Lost A lot of His Crowd Due To Lack of Knockouts Dmitry Bivol To Take Some Time Off, Return Planned For The Fall Canelo Paying No Mind to Being Underdog Against Golovkin Photos: Sammy Valentin Putting in Work For Giovani Santillan Boxer Killed By Masked Gunmen After Leaving Gym in Mexico City
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement