MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa is willing to fight former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios – but will wait until the hard-hitting brawler has lost to Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.
Gamboa and Rios were supposed to fight in 2011, but the Cuban pulled out of the bout in the last minute due to a contract dispute with promoters Top Rank.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, Gamboa said he will have no problems in making a fight against Rios.
“If they want to make the fight, once Brandon loses to Pacquiao, then it would be my pleasure,” said Gamboa.
Rios, who is coming off a loss to Mike Alvarado last March, returns to the ring in November against former pound-for-pound king Pacquiao.
Gamboa said he has been open to a bout against Rios since December last year, following his victory over Filipino fighter Michael Farenas.
“That’s actually something we have already talked about,” he revealed. “We let Bob Arum know after the Farenas fight that if there was a possibility to fight with Brandon, since (Rios) has talked a lot but never did it in front of us.”
“We wanted the fight, but they did not want to make it,” he added.
Gamboa also stressed that he pulled out of the bout not because he feared Rios but because “they didn’t do good negotiations.”
“The thing was, the negotiations weren’t done correctly. And once they didn’t do the things correctly, I removed myself from the negotiations completely,” he said.
Gamboa has since severed ties with Top Rank and is now being promoted by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.