By Chris Robinson
On Tuesday a report broke on BoxingScene.com stating that Floyd Mayweather Jr., who faces Victor Ortiz this Saturday night in Las Vegas, had reserved a pair of tickets for WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios and his trainer Robert Garcia in order for them to attend the event. A sly move by Mayweather, who knows fully well of the bad blood that exists between the camps of Rios and Ortiz.
Upon hearing the news, I reached out to Rios, who seemed taken back by Mayweather’s invitation.
“Robert called me when I was training, but I didn’t know about what,” said Rios. “I thought it was about my opponent but he told me and I was like ‘Damn, that’s crazy. That’s badass’.”
Asked of whether or not his presence at Mayweather-Ortiz was a sure thing, Rios was actually uncertain, as he is currently in the middle of a training camp of his own as he gets ready to defend his title for a second time. Rios did admit that if he were to attend the fight, it would mark his first blockbuster type of event.
“This would be my first big show that I would have gone to. It’s pretty crazy. I can’t believe that somebody like Mayweather invited me to his show. That’s pretty amazing. That’s awesome,” said an elated Rios.
As for his own training, Rios’ spirits are high and he has been getting great work with a familiar name in the welterweight class.
“Right now camp is going very well. I train at twelve and I’ve been helping [Jesus] Soto Karass get ready for his fight in October. The sparring sessions are pretty great. It’s awesome. It’s just great sparring. They asked me into camp and they just accept me. Not only that, but it helps out myself as well and it helps him out. I get him in shape and he gets me in shape.”