Brandon Rios Eyes The Marquez vs Katsidis Winner

By Lem Satterfield

Lightweight contender Brandon Rios got a huge break on Monday. Rios was notified by his trainer, Robert Garcia, that he would replace the injured Kelly Pavlik on the HBO-pay-per-view undercard to Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito, scheduled to take place on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pavlik officially withdrew on Monday with a rib injury.

Top Rank had originally booked Rios to fight on their December 4 event in Anaheim, California. Rios had planned to sit ringside at Cowboys Stadium in support of his stablemate Margarito, but now he gets a career boost by appearing on the actual card. Because Rios was informed while training for a fight nearly a month away, his bout next Saturday night will likely be at a catch-weight of 138 or 140.

"I was going to the fight anyway to be at ringside, so I'm really excited. I do this for a living, so I'm not nervous. I'm ready. I'm always ready. Whatever comes along, I'm okay and I'm ready. I don't know who my opponent is going to be. I don't know if it's going to be the guy that I was going to fight on Dec. 4 or somebody else. But whoever it is, we're ready for it. It's not like I haven't been training. I've been in the gym," said Rios.

Rios is hoping an impressive performance on such a big stage will put him in line for much bigger opportunities - including a fight with the winner of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis, which takes place on November 27.

"I think that I've already shown the world that I'm no joke by beating Anthony Peterson, and I'm ready to take on those types of fighters like Humberto Soto and Marquez and Katsidis. "I'm ready for those types of fights. I just hope that they give me a chance. Maybe Juan Manuel Marquez will give me a chance," said Rios.

"I think that I have proven myself and that I have put myself in position for those types of fights, and I'm just ready to make some noise in the lightweight division. I'm ready for all of the big guys."

Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here .

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Check on 11-03-2010

Even at Juans age he would school this kid.

Comment by BritishBoxing92 on 11-03-2010

Most Likely Since Marquez is getting old and slow he will most likely lose by points or late round TKO by Katsidis since katsidis is training harder then ever but then again lost to two guys who JMM beated...then again…

Comment by Mayas on 11-03-2010

[QUOTE=lopez36;9511760]marquez ducking soto? honestly what does soto have? he looked ridiculous against one of the worst champs this sport ever had,david diaz,he hasnt' impressed me in his las few fights for me to think marquez fears him,i think antillon is…

Comment by lopez36 on 11-03-2010

[QUOTE=warwick_23;9509263]Man im tired of n*ggas sayin marquez is too small for jw and that he barely makes lightweight. He's beating every1's a*s in lightweight who challenges him, imean cmon paquiao is too small for welterweight but no one is saying…

Comment by lopez36 on 11-03-2010

[QUOTE=Mayas;9506779]Marquez has been ducking Soto for more than 2 years, just like Pacman has ducked Soto for more tha 3 years.[/QUOTE] marquez ducking soto? honestly what does soto have? he looked ridiculous against one of the worst champs this sport…

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