Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Rios says 'its my time' to beat Pacquiao
Having already named all of his four children after boxers, Brandon Rios plans to do the same with his fifth, whose arrival he expects before his November clash with Manny Pacquiao.
Brandon Rios' wife, Vicky, is just over six months pregnant. The couple is expecting the birth of their third child in September, with the newborn to be named Ava, after flyweight boxer Ava Knight.
A former lightweight beltholder, Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) will face eight-division titlewinner Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight fight in Macau on Nov. 23 (Nov. 24 in China).
"They're giving us until the end of September," said Rios. "So before I leave for China, I'll see my baby girl being born."
Rios is coming off a close unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado in March that was a rematch of Rios' seventh-round stoppage win over Alvarado last October.
RIOS: IT'S MY TIME TO DOMINATE
"I've been in the gym, just not going too crazy, but just keeping up with the momentum and keeping myself loose so that it won't be too difficult when I start the really hard training camp," said Rios, who is handled by reigning Trainer of The Year Robert Garcia.
"We like to start the camp three months out to get ready, so I think that after we come back from China for the press tour in July, we'll start the serious training. We'll be in Oxnard," Calif., at Garcia's gym.
Rios said he expects to arrive in China "at least 10 days out" before the fight to acclimate himself to the change in time zones.
"I'll be ready," said Rios. "Like I've told everybody before. It could be a fight in his back yard, I don't give a s--t. As long as I have an opponent in front of me, I'll be ready."
Rios said he is "eating pretty good" and walking around "at 155 pounds."
"Getting down to 147 will not be that hard for me this time. I'm going to make weight comfortably," said Rios. "Once I start training really, really hard, and start eating right, the weight will come right off."
Rios believes that he will have equal, if not more power for his debut at 147.
"I'm moving up in weight, so I don't have to kill myself. I'll have better muscle tone and better everything. But you know what? I'm going to be ready. Pacquiao is no joke. I'm getting ready for the the best Pacuqiao ever," said Rios.
"But like I've been telling everybody, it's my time. I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I've been promised Pacquiao or Marquez, Marquez or Pacquiao for the longest time. Now, I've got Pacquiao, and I'm going to take this opportunity to go out and to dominate in every way that I can to come out victorious."
RIOS UNSURE OF ANGEL HEREDIA HERNANDEZ'S ROLE
For his rematch with Alvarado, Rios hired controversial strength and conditioning guru Angel Guillermo Heredia Hernandez, whose history includes being involved in performance-enhancing activities. Prior to his work with Rios, Heredia Hernandez worked with Marquez for his fourth and fifth bouts with Pacquiao.
"There's a big issue right now with this. Don't get me wrong, Angel does a great job at what he does, and I tested after the last fight and I was clean. I'm not worried about him giving me dirty stuff, because he's great at what he does, and he got me in great shape. I felt very strong. It's just money-wise. He wanted too much, and there were other little issues that we couldn't come to terms on," said Rios, who integrated a weight-lifting regimen into his workouts for the first time under Heredia Hernandez.
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ, DENIS GRACHEV SQUARE OFF IN MONTE CARLO MILLION DOLLAR FINAL
Super middleweight boxer-puncher Edwin Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs) will meet light heavyweight Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday in the final of the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four in Monaco.
As part of a four-man tournament in March, Rodriguez, 28, scored a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna. On the same card and on his side of the bracket, Grachev defeated Zsolt Erdei by a split decision.
In an event being promoted by Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves of South Africa, Rodriguez and Grachev have agreed to a catchweight of 171.5 pounds, with a 60/40 split of $1 million as the purse.
Rodriguez trained with Ronnie Shields at Plex in Houston.
The event will be broadcast by BeInsport live at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT in the United States, it was announced by Berman on Tuesday. BeInsport, "The International Sports Channel," can be viewed through numerous American providers, including Direct TV (Channel 620), Dish Network, Comcast and AT & T U-Verse TV. For further details please visit their website at http://www.beinsport.tv/
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