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Brandon Rios Welcomes Floyd Mayweather's Invite

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.”

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An archive of his work can be found here, and he can be reached at [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 09-15-2011

Rios must have the IQ of a dead Frog to not see Mayweather is using him as a Pawn in his little mind games.

Comment by deejd on 09-14-2011

[QUOTE=johnx;11136547]ok that was last year.[/QUOTE] Wow, you can read.

Comment by cisjay on 09-14-2011

This whole thing is great. Personally this a great appetizer for the main course. I can barely wait another 3 days anyway. This is just great. Floyd never disappoints. This guy is literally putting boxing back on the map.

Comment by Carpe Diem on 09-14-2011

Comment by johnx on 09-14-2011

[QUOTE=Eaner0919;11136525]I do know he had his chance last year at Mosley Mora when Robert had Alfonso Blanco the night before. Robert was sitting right there ringside for the Mora Mosley and Vic went right by him said hi then went…

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