Rios trainer welcomes Pacquiao fight
MANILA, Philippines – Robert Garcia, the chief trainer of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, will welcome a fight between his hard-hitting boxer and Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Rios is coming off the most impressive victory of his career, a seventh-round technical knockout victory over Mike Alvarado in a fight that was an all-out war.
Following Rios’ win, Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum said the boxer was now in line for a shot against Pacquiao, should the Filipino boxer defeat his great rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on December 8.
Garcia told Examiner that he is greatly interested in a fight between Rios and Pacquiao, which he believes will be a box-office hit.
“It’s something that, of course, interests us. Right now, the way he performed, there’s no doubt that fight will sell,” Garcia said. “There’s no doubt that people will know that Brandon has a chance.”
Rios has said that he is open to fighting either Pacquiao or Marquez, and even believes that he can knockout either fighter.
But Garcia said that they will leave Rios’ next fight at the hands of his manager, Cameron Dunkin.
“Cameron Dunkin is the best manager in this business, and Cameron Dunkin will decide what’s next for Brandon... It could be Brandon against Alvarado again, it could be Brandon against Joe Blow, and Brandon would take it,” Garcia said.
“Whatever he comes and offers, Brandon never says no... It could be against Pacquiao. Brandon is ready for whoever,” he added.
Garcia is confident that no matter who the opponent, his fighter will be able to succeed, especially as he is more comfortable fighting at light-welterweight division (140 pounds).
“Everybody knows that Alvarado was one of the strongest fighters at 140 and look at what Brandon did to him. There’s no doubt that Brandon could fight anybody at 140,” Garcia said. “I think at 140, he’s even stronger than 135.”