'Bam Bam' Rios welcomes all challengers
MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated Mexican-American fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios is willing to fight all challengers, including boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as well as current champions Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia.
Rios, the hard-hitting former lightweight champion, made waves in 2012 with his sensational seventh-round technical knockout victory over Mike Alvarado in one of the best fights of the year.
But “Bam Bam” now wants to test himself against even better competition, including Pacquiao.
“I want to show the world what I can do to the big dogs,” he said in an interview with Diamond Boxing. “I ain’t hard to find. I’m right here, let’s get it on.”
If fights against Pacquiao and Marquez can’t be made, Rios said he wants to battle unbeaten boxers Broner and Garcia, or even Lucas Matthysse and Yuri Gamboa.
“Bring them all!” Rios responded when asked who he wanted to fight next. “I love to test my will.”
“Look man, Matthysse is a tough guy just like me. Broner is good, but he is too cocky and thinks that he is (Floyd) Mayweather. There is only one Mayweather,” he added.
“Gamboa is a b****. I saw his last fight (against Filipino fighter Michael Farenas) and if I would have hit him like that, I would have knocked his a** out,” Rios claimed.
Rios and Gamboa nearly fought last year before the Cuban pulled out just weeks before the fight. Gamboa eventually fought and defeated Farenas in December, but was surprisingly tested by the Filipino veteran.
“But you know what, I would love to face Danny Garcia,” Rios said. “I want his WBC belt. They say he hits hard, but I know that I hit hard and my chin can hold up.”
“So yeah, me and Garcia can get it on,” he added.
But the most likely scenario for Rios is a rematch with Alvarado in March, something that “Bam Bam” has no problem with.
“If the money is right and if everything goes into play, why not? I’m down for that,” he said.