Rios: I'm Sorry for Taking Your Money if You Bet on Danny Garcia

By Keith Idec

Brandon Rios has paid no mind to the skeptics convinced Danny Garcia is going to annihilate him.

Some dissatisfied fans have been referring to Rios as a “cherry,” in relation to their criticism of Garcia as a “cherry-picker.” The former WBA lightweight champion has used all that negativity as motivation to pull off an upset in their 12-round welterweight fight February 17 in Las Vegas.

Numerous Internet sports books list Garcia as a 20-1 favorite over Rios in a bout Showtime will televise as the main event of a tripleheader from Mandalay Bay Events Center.

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“Everyone’s calling me a cherry, but it’s all good, man,” Rios told following an open workout Wednesday in Lynwood, California. “Danny’s a cherry-picker, but they’re picking a wild berry, not a cherry. So it’s all good. Let them think I’m a cherry. Let them think I’m done, I’m a done fighter, which is all great.

“My job is, and what we’ve been training for, is to go out there and perform the best I can perform and prove everybody wrong. And if they bet against me, I’m sorry for taking your money. But we’re ready, though. We’re ready. We’re ready. We’re ready.”

If nothing else, the 31-year-old Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) arrived at training camp for this fight in much better condition than he was prior to his lopsided loss to Timothy Bradley in November 2015. Rios estimated he was 190 pounds when he started training for the Bradley bout, roughly 25 pounds more than when he began preparing to face Philadelphia’s Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs).

“I’ve got the hunger again,” Rios said. “This time I’m doing it right. The last four years I have [left in boxing], I wanna do it right this time. So I’m ready now. I’m ready this time and everybody’s gonna find out [there’s] a different Brandon Rios in there. They’re calling me a cherry. I love it. It’s good when they call me cherry. As long as they put some whipped cream on my cherry, sh*t, there it is.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 02-19-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18497175]Yeah that was a pretty brutal falsh knockout. Good stoppage by Bayless.[/QUOTE] Its funny cuz Danny looked like he was taking his time after he realized rios couldn't really hurt him & it looked like DSG wanted to put in…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 02-18-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18481507]DSG is a very good fighter maybe not great but regardless, rios going to sleep or they are going to stop it from the punishment he gon take. He already punch-drunk. Brandon should think of his health now & especially…

Comment by j.razor on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18472592]I dont know man??? Danny tends to fight up and DOWN to his competition?? I mean he did make Rod Salka look like a HOFamer lol[/QUOTE] DSG is a very good fighter maybe not great but regardless, rios going to…

Comment by Boxing lives on 02-09-2018

If lighting strikes Danny Garcia in the ring and Rios wins then I guessed he earned the right to lose that bet money. No way in hell its happening.

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 02-09-2018

I feel bad for rios hopefully he can win because he wants it but sometimes he just doesnt have the skill to match his tanacity. He might just get taghed all night and eont be able to do anything about…

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