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?’”
Evgeny Gradovich, who upset Billy Dib for the IBF featherweight belt in March in only his 16th pro fight, remains grounded going into his first title defense against Mauricio Munoz on Saturday on the Zou Shiming-topped card in Macau on HBO2.
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will engage in the first stop of a seven-city promotional press tour on Saturday in Macau, China. The press conference will be streamed live starting at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT from the Venetian Macao in Macau.
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will embark on a seven-city, international press tour in advance of their November fight in Macau.
Nonito Donaire told RingTV.com that he contemplated retirement during his Fighter-of-the-Year run in 2012. The former three-division champ also spoke about his future training plans with Robert Garcia, his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux and HBO’s decision not to televise the crafty Cuban southpaw.