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Brandon Rios on Pacquiao: I'm Ready To Bang it Out!

By Chris Robinson

Throughout his eight-year career, former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios has displayed intangibles that have helped to make him one of the hottest names in the sport of boxing.

A rock-solid chin, debilitating body attack, and relentless pressure have typified Rios’ style inside of the ring, and also played a big role in why he was able to land the biggest fight of his career despite coming off of his first professional defeat.

Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) was bested over twelve rounds on March 30th, inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, in a rematch with Denver’s Mike Alvarado, who he had stopped in seven exhilarating rounds just five months prior.

Despite the setback, Rios gave a solid account of himself and never stopped pressing the issue.

After some down time where he soaked in the disappointment of that night, Rios’ spirits are now revived as he is lined up for a November 24th clash with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao vs. Rios will take place from the Venetian Resort, in Macau, China and will be televised by HBO pay per view.

Speaking with Rios on Tuesday evening, he expressed elation over his big shot.

“I’m very excited,” stated the 27-year old Rios. “I’ve been waiting my time patiently and I guess it took a loss to get this opportunity, but I wanted to fight the best out there in the world. I’m very excited and I just can’t wait to prove what I can do.”

A dynamic, hard-hitting southpaw who has carved up several high-profile opponents, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) is regarded as one of this generation’s finest boxers and Rios admits that he is unsure of what type of game plan to bring against him.

“I’m not going to go that far yet, because we haven’t really been studying yet,” stated Rios, who trains under the tutelage of former world champion Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Calif. “But, I’m ready. I’m always ready. I’m young and I’m just ready to bang it out. I can fight on the inside very well. I’m ready. We just have to do a few changes and I’m ready.”

While Pacquiao will be the betting favorite heading in, there are still several questions marks hovering around the Filipino star.

This past December, Pacquiao was knocked out brutally by Juan Manuel Marquez in a wild firefight that saw each man taste the canvas. Pacquiao had Marquez bloodied and seemingly weary, but in the closing seconds of the sixth round he ate a picture-perfect right hand that sent him crashing face-first to the canvas, where he failed to beat the count.

Rios was inside of the MGM Grand for Pacquiao’s loss and was asked to give his personal take of the action.

“Manny Pacquiao fought the best counterpuncher in the business and they fought three times before that,” stated Rios. “Marquez knew what would do [well] against him. Marquez knew him very well and studied him and he knew that right hand would get him. That’s what happened. He just countered and got him with the right hand.”

Don’t expect any overconfidence to be coming from Rios, however, as he insists that Pacquiao will know how to regroup accordingly for their battle.

“Honestly, no, because he’s a veteran,” Rios claimed. “He knows what to do. He’s been in this position before. Like I said, he just got caught by a great counter-puncher, and you know, you can’t just go off of one judgment of him getting knocked out and that he’s not the same no more. A lot of fighters get dropped or knocked out and they come back and they look better with the better performance.

“Maybe Manny Pacquiao needed time off and look, it might do him good,” Rios added. “I know I’ll be ready 100% and I’m just very glad and thanks to him and his people for selecting me as an opponent.”

*** To listen to the full interview with Rios, including his thoughts on his loss to Alvarado, and discussing a game plan for Pacquiao with Robert Garcia, please check out Brandon Rios talks Nov. 23 Macau clash with Manny Pacquiao: 'I can't wait to prove what I can do' 

*** For a flash back to the Rios-Alvarado II event in photos, videos, and article breakdowns, please visit the Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado II Directory



Chris Robinson can be reached at [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TboneNYC09 on 05-13-2013

[QUOTE=kiaba360;13342211]Manny is not an inside fighter. I don't ever remember him banging it out with guys on the inside before, so why would he do it now? Rios is gonna get picked apart from mid-range with the straight left.[/QUOTE] Yes…

Comment by LAPete on 05-09-2013

2 words - Antonio Margarito. Rios has no shot.

Comment by Hougigo on 05-09-2013

[QUOTE=thuggery;13344157]I'm looking forward to this action packed scrap. This should be considered nothing more than a tune up of sorts, and also to get an idea if Pac is done or if his chin is indeed cracked. Rios is a…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 05-09-2013

Well, good luck with that while Pacquiao is darting around you like a fly and punching your face in.

Comment by Erik1984 on 05-09-2013

[QUOTE=mathed;13342744]Rios is gonna bang it out alright, bang his head on the canvas when he gets dropped.[/QUOTE] L.M.F.A.O. ....I 100% concurr. ....LOL. .I WOULD'VE LOVE TO SEE PACQUIAO GOING TOE TO TOE WITH MATHYSSE THO.

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