“I see a fight between me and Pacquiao happening sooner than everybody thinks. I think it will be a good fight. I think I could give Manny Pacquiao a run for his money. I know he won’t knock me out,” stated former lightweight champion Brandon Rios, who is confident that he’s ready to step into the ring with 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Never one to back down from a toe-to-toe, all-action brawl, Rios thinks a fight with Pacquiao would provide the type of fireworks that fans long to see. “I guarantee he won’t knock me out. It’ll be a good fight. It’d be a helluva fight because Manny likes to go to war and I love to go to war.”
Although he has yet to test the waters at a higher weight, Rios believes he has the physical attributes to make the fight extremely competitve, and his opinion, it’s a fight that can be made sooner rather than later. “I think, right now, I have the hardest chin in boxing that nobody can stand. I think their hands get tired hitting my chin. I just smile at ‘em and laugh at ‘em,” he explained. “I think it’ll be a good fight between me and Manny. You know, you never know. It could happen sooner than everybody thinks, but that’s if I keep winning and if Manny wants to do it.”
Currently in talks for a potential clash with Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa, Rios is hoping to use that fight to prove that he can handle a fighter with quick hands and who punches in all angles. “That’s why I’m waiting for Gamboa, because I want to show the world that the speed, awkwardness, the punches from different angles don’t bother me. They gotta worry about how they gonna handle Brandon’s pressure, how they gonna handle Brandon’s power, how they gonna handle Brandon’s combinations when he’s in the pocket,” Rios continued. “It’s not how I’m gonna handle them. It’s how they gonna handle me, because when I fight somebody, I’m determined to fight and I’m determined to win. I’ll do whatever it takes to win and that’s my job.”
Rios also notes that recent comments made by Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, only add fuel to the fire and his desire to step into the ring with his star pupil. “Freddie Roach was poppin’ off about Linares, saying Linares would dance circles around me, and this and that. Look what happened to him when he fought DeMarco. Just like when he said that Khan will make me look dumb like an amateur, knock me out, this and that, and also dance circles around me. Look what happened to him when he fought Peterson, and I think I’m a better inside fighter than Peterson is. That just shows you that, man, that’s just haters. He’s cocky and that’s just haters that keep talking, but it’s all good,” Rios added.