Rios lobbies for Marquez fight
Former world champion Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios is lobbying for a future fight against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, although he also welcomes a trilogy bout against rival Mike Alvarado.
Rios was in attendance at the Forum in Inglewood, California last weekend, where Marquez dominated Alvarado for a unanimous decision win.
"I don't know what Alvarado was doing," Rios told Fight Hype after the fight. "Alvarado was trying to box him, you can't do that. When Alvarado put pressure on him, he knocked him down. That’s what he gotta do."
Alvarado scored a knockdown in the ninth round, but Marquez quickly got up, brushed it off, and then out-slugged the younger fighter the rest of the way.
The winner of the Marquez-Alvarado showdown has been tabbed as the top contender for Manny Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt, but Rios was quick to dismiss a fifth fight between the "Pacman" and Marquez.
"Nobody wants to see Pacquiao and Marquez again," he said.
Pacquiao and Marquez have fought four times already. Although Pacquiao holds two victories over the Mexican, it is Marquez who holds the most definitive victory of the saga, as he brutally knocked out Pacquiao when they last met in December 2012.
"They (boxing fans) want to see Marquez and Rios," the hard-hitting "Bam Bam" claimed. "I would love to fight Marquez, yeah."
Rios has not fought since losing to Pacquiao in November 2013, and admitted that he doesn't know yet who he will fight next.
But if he does not get a Marquez fight, Rios will be all too happy to fight Alvarado again. He had beaten the Denver native via a seventh-round technical knockout when they met for the first time in October 2012, but lost their March 2013 rematch via decision.
"I would love to do a third fight," said Rios.