On November 23, Brandon Rios will face on his most challenging foe of
his career, former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Brandon is
coming off a world wide press tour to promote what will be one of the
biggest fights of the year, now with that behind him, he is gearing up
and starting preparations for the November 23rd showdown.
In part 1
of this 2 part interview, Brandon reflects on his experiences on the
press tour, giving his thoughts on Manny Pacquiao the person, and as
fighter. Rios also addresses some of the tension the tour between him
and Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz. Additionally "BAM BAM" talks
about the perception the he is tailor made for Pacquiao, and discusses
how he thinks weight will play a factor in the fight. Here is what
Brandon Rios had say.
Hey Brandon, you
recently came off of a press tour with Manny Pacquiao. You were flown
all the way around the world, how did things go for it?
Oh man it was nice, seeing a different part of the world I had never
seen before. It was great to be a part of that, it was nice, you can’t
ask for more. It’s like a paid vacation. China was pretty wicked, it was
very nice to see China, to be on one of the eight wonders of the world,
the Great Wall of China, now I can say I’ve been on there, I took
pictures of it. It was a lifetime experience, I had never had a chance
to ever do, so now I can say I’ve done it.
Alright well being on that tour you got to know Manny Pacquiao pretty
well. You’re gonna have to mix it up with him obviously when you meet
with him in November. What do you think of Manny as a person?
Well honestly we really didn’t mix it up, we didn’t really talk or
anything because you know me, I like to respect my opponents. The only
time we’ve seen each other we just say “Hi” or “Bye” that was it, we
didn’t sit down and have a conversation. I know that Manny Pacquiao
never talks smack, he’s really religious, he’s never done that before.
So I wasn’t expecting anything more, I kept to myself and he kept to
himself. It was just one of those things where nobody talks smack to
Well no one’s really talked
smack to each other but you did during the press tour have a little bit
of a problem with his advisor, Michael Koncz. What was the problem with
Well Michael Koncz he tried to stir
shit up, “Michael Cunt” that’s what I call him, he tried to stir some
shit up but it didn’t really get too far because I think Pacquiao told
him to shut up or whatever. He tried to start some shit, the first I
think it was in Macau, he tried to start some shit up but it didn’t
happen. He tried to but he didn’t succeed too far because they know I’m
not shy of talking so I think that’s why Pacquiao told him to shut up.
We’ll fight in the ring, that’s what we’ll do.
Ok well someone who’s been very vocal has been Freddie Roach. I talked
to him on one of my more recent shows and he says that he knows the
perfect game plan to beat Brandon Rios, says it shouldn’t be a problem.
What do you think about his confidence going into the fight with you?
That’s good, it’s always good to have confidence when you go into a
fight. I’m very confident myself, if they feel like that it’s ok but I’m
just telling you, November 23rd they got something coming to them. They
think it’s gonna be an easy night for Pacquiao and that it’s gonna be
something simple, November 23rd they’re gonna find something out
different cause I’m gonna be ready 100%.
Alright let me ask you about that Brandon, the perception out there if
you listen to boxing fans, they say “Brandon Rios, he can’t duck a punch
and he has no defense, Pacquiao’s speed and power is gonna pick him
apart.” What do you think of the perception fans have going into this
fight, they way people are receiving you?
Well that just shows you how much they know boxing because if they
really pay attention to boxing then they would know that I do got a
great defense. I hardly come out of the ring all marked up and bruised
up. So I do have a good defense, I block a lot of shots, it’s boxing,
you get hit every once in a while but what can you do about it?
you know at the end of the day I don’t really care what people think
about me, it don’t bother me. I just go in there and shut em up and show
them that they’re fucking stupid. So I just go in there and shut
everyone up again you know, they doubt me once and look what happens.
they doubt me again I’m gonna show these guys how they’re retarded.
Cause everyone thinks I’m tailor made for Pacquiao but we’re gonna see,
all I know is I’ll be ready 100% physically and mentally ready and I’m
just gonna surprise the world and give Manny and the world a different
taste of my medicine.
Alright well you
said physically, I mean when you look at the press tour, there’s a
physical difference between you and Pacquiao. You are a far bigger guy,
you’re just thicker, just a naturally bigger fighter. Even though he’s
been fighting at the weight class that’s higher than you, going into
this fight, do you think you will be the bigger stronger guy?
Definitely I think that’s gonna be one of the big things too because I
am way bigger than Pacquiao and yes I’m gonna be comfortable fighting at
147 lbs I know I was supposed to fight at 140 but the last 2-3 pounds
is not gonna kill me, it won’t be a factor, so 147 is gonna be a great
opportunity for me, I’m gonna feel very strong at 147 lbs. My walking
around weight is at 155 so it’s not gonna be hard to make 147. I’m
probably about 159-160 right now.
what do you expect yourself to weigh on fight night? Obviously you’re
gonna get down to 147 lbs but when you step in the ring what do you
expect yourself to weigh?
Honestly I don’t
really know to tell you the truth, probably around 150 lbs, every time
the next day I never go higher than 150 lbs but I know I’m just gonna be
an animal when it’s time to fight. I’m always confident but after the
next day I think I’m gonna feel even better because I usually make 140
lbs but I have to suck up too much. I don’t have to kill myself so the
next day I’m gonna be even stronger. I’m gonna be really, really strong.
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