RingTV caught up with Brandon Rios before the popular slugger left his Oxnard, Calif. training camp for Macau where he will fight Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 23. Rios spoke about conditioning with Alex Ariza, fighting at 147 pounds and how he can’t wait to prove his doubters wrong. (Rios trains hard and swears hard in this video. Parental discretion is advised.)
RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia will attempt to carry his skills into his junior lightweight debut against WBO beltholder Roman “Rocky” Martinez on Saturday. Will Garcia unseat the gutsy Puerto Rican veteran? RingTV.com polled 20 experts, who shared their opinions on the fight.
Brandon Rios on Manny Pacquiao: “He’s in there with a live dog, he’s not in there with a little puppy… I’m going to be a motherf___ing pit bull mixed with a Great Dane, mixed with a Rottweiler, mixed with a Bull Terrier…”
Three-division titleholder Nonito Donaire enters his Nov. 9 return bout against Vic Darchynian after the birth of his son as well as a reconciliation with his father and former trainer, Nonito Donaire Sr.
According to trainer Robert Garcia, first-time welterweight Brandon Rios is looking good ahead of his Nov. 23 bout with Manny Pacquiao, exhibiting knockout power and better speed in his sparring sessions.
As late as Wednesday morning, the weight at which Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera was up for question, once again bringing up the question of Chavez’s discipline issues.
Bob Arum defended Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s use of marijuana and use of the drug in general during a media conference call on Tuesday. “I want to go on record as saying that there is nothing wrong with smoking pot,” Arum said during the call.
Nonito Donaire Sr. says that he and his son, three-division titleholder Nonito Donaire Jr., have reconciled their differences after several years of separation, the trainer told Solar Sports. The birth of Donaire Jr.’s son helped repair their acrimonious split.
The Showtime doubleheader topped by the Seth Mitchell-Chris Arreola heavyweight fight will take place on Sept. 7 rather than Sept. 6, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Tuesday.
The Sept. 14 Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight highlights a huge fall lineup for Golden Boy, with another pay-per-view event to follow on Nov. 9.
Although Manny Pacquiao acknowledges “feeling a little pressure” entering his November clash with Brandon Rios, the eight-division titlewinner said, “I think the question that needs to be asked is, ‘Is Rios ready for me?’”