Rios: I'll show more power at welterweight
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios is confident that he can carry his considerable punching power even as he moves up to the welterweight division for his November bout against Manny Pacquiao.
Rios, who has spent most of his boxing career at lightweight (135 pounds) before fighting twice at light-welterweight (140 pounds), told Boxing Scene that he will be even stronger at welterweight (147 pounds).
“At 135, everyone thought my power was not going to translate to 140, and it did very well,” Rios said. “147 is going to be even better.”
“I’m going to be stronger, and I don’t have to cut weight too much. I’ll be walking around very well, and weight is going to be perfect,” he added. “At 147, my power is going to show and they will see it too.”
Rios was unbeaten as a lightweight, and won the WBA lightweight title in 2011. He moved up to light-welterweight in 2012, beating Mike Alvarado via technical knockout in the seventh round.
But he lost his second bout at light-welterweight when Alvarado out-pointed him over 12 rounds when they fought in a rematch last March.
Rios has a record of 31 wins, with one loss and one draw. Twenty-three of his wins have come by knockout, for a 69.7% knockout percentage.