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…”
Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios have each been randomly tested twice by The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, according to a statement released by the organization.
Juan Diaz, who recently turned 30, fights unheralded Juan Santiago on Saturday on the Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov undercard. The former unified lightweight titleholder, who took two years off, says he’s motivated again to regain world-class form and a world title.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s comeback fight against Bryan Vera was supposed to be a super middleweight bout, but it’s clear that Chavez has little intention to make 168 pounds for their HBO-televised showdown on Saturday. How heavy will “Junior” weigh? Fans will have wait until Friday’s weigh-in to find out.
Terms have been agreed upon for an Oct. 19 clash between WBO junior welterweight titleholder Mike Alvarado and Russian contender Ruslan Provodnikov.
Undefeated Russian lightweight contender Denis Shafikov signed a deal with Top Rank, RingTV.com learned on Wednesday. Shafikov will make his U.S. debut on the undercard of an Aug. 17 Solo Boxeo show.
Negotiations are ongoing for an early September fight between heavyweights Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola.
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.
In what might be the most unexpected thing to come out of Paulie Malignaggi’s mouth yet, he said that the pre-fight vitriol between himself and Adrien Broner has gotten a little too “personal.”