MANILA, Philippines – Former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios is still raring to fight Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao even after the Pacman’s brutal knockout loss to Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
In an interview with Diamond Boxing, Rios stressed that he is willing to fight Pacquiao anytime.
“He has a big name, and I want to show the world what I can do to the big dogs,” said Rios, who holds a record of 31 wins and one draw, with 23 wins coming by knockout.
“I know that he wants Marquez again, but like you said, I ain’t hard to find. I’m right here, so let’s get it on,” he added.
The Mexican-American Rios also gave credit to Marquez for his great work against Pacquiao in their fourth fight last December 8.
“It was a great fight and Marquez did everything right,” Rios said. “Pacquiao was open for that shot, and Marquez did a great job at countering him.”
“I saw that knockout and I was like, (expletive), what a shot.”
The fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez was eventually hailed as the 2012 Fight of the Year, but Rios’ seven-round war against Mike Alvarado last October was a close second on most ballots.
In a much-hyped clash between two all-action fighters, Rios and Alvarado somehow managed to exceed expectations as they went toe-to-toe for over six rounds before Rios ended matters in the seventh round.
“I am glad that so many people out there enjoyed it,” Rios said of his battle with Alvarado. “I watch it all the time.”
Rios said if a fight against Pacquiao does not materialize, he will welcome a rematch with Alvarado.
“Honestly, that may be what they are working on, for March 30th. World War 2 is what I am calling that fight right now,” Rios said. “But yeah, if the money is right and if everything goes into play, why not? I’m down for that.”