Rios plays down Pacquiao wins over Cotto, Hatton
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios does not think much of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao’s victories against Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton – wins that catapulted the “Pacman” to the top of pound-for-pound lists.
In May 2009, Pacquiao crushed Hatton with a second-round knockout that sent the British boxer reeling. Later that year, in November, the Filipino overwhelmed Cotto for 12 rounds en route to a technical knockout victory.
The two victories pushed Pacquiao to the top of many pound-for-pound lists and made him one of the most famous sportsmen in the world.
But speaking to Hustle Boss, Rios seemed indifferent to the impressive nature of Pacquiao’s victories over Cotto and Hatton.
“If you’re talking about how I’m surprised at Ricky Hatton… If he compares me to Ricky Hatton, I don’t fight like Ricky Hatton,” said the hard-hitting Rios. “I fight better.”
“And Ricky Hatton, how many wars has he been throught?” he added.
Rios further pointed out that Pacquiao fought Cotto at a catchweight of 145-pounds.
“I’d rather fight somebody at their regular weight,” Rios said. “When he fought all these big guys, he fought them at a catch-weight.”
“They had to lose so much weight to fight him, and the next day, they really didn’t gain that much weight,” he added.
Rios pointed to Pacquiao’s 2008 bout against Oscar De La Hoya as an example. That bout was held at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds, and many believed De La Hoya’s superior size would be too much for the Filipino.
Instead, Pacquiao’s overwhelming speed and punching power stunned De La Hoya, who quit on his stool after eight rounds.
But Rios, again, was not impressed.
“De La Hoya… gained only two pounds the next day. He couldn’t eat, he made him lose so much weight,” he said.
The 27-year-old Rios warned that against him, Pacquiao will not have the benefit of a catch-weight. The two boxers’ November 24 bout will be held at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.
“I’m going to feel stronger. At 140 (light-welterweight), I felt good. At 147, I’m going to feel even stronger,” Rios said. “I’m going to feel strong and I just can’t wait until the fight.”