No shame in losing to Pacquiao, says Rios trainer

Posted at 02/09/2014 4:09 PM

The trainer of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios remains proud of his fighter even after the brash American suffered a comprehensive loss at the hands of Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao last November.

Pacquiao thoroughly dominated Rios over 12 rounds, giving the younger fighter a lesson in boxing and footwork. It was Rios’ second consecutive loss, having also been beaten by Mike Alvarado earlier in 2013.

More than two months after the loss, trainer Robert Garcia said there is no shame in losing to a fighter like Pacquiao, who has beaten several Hall-of-Fame fighters in his career.

“Brandon lost to Pacquiao, and in the last 10 years, (Pacquiao) only lost to (Juan Manuel) Marquez and (Timothy) Bradley,” Garcia told Hustle Boss. “Years ago, he lost to Morales, so very few can say that they beat.”

“And (Pacquiao) has beaten everybody. Pacquiao has beaten Hall-of-Famers like Shane Mosley, Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton. He’s beat great fighters,” the trainer added.

“With Brandon, honestly, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’re still very proud of Brandon, he’s still my number one fighter.”

Garcia also expressed his confidence that Rios still has a lot of big fights in his future, including a potential showdown against Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov.

“The fight that he wants is Provodnikov,” said Garcia. “If that fight ever happens, if (Top Rank chief executive) Bob Arum ever puts that fight together, and if Brandon wins that fight, that would be so huge.”

“He’d be on top of the world,” he added. “So nothing to be ashamed of by losing to somebody like Pacquiao. Nothing to be ashamed of.”