MANILA – Former world champion Brandon 'Bam Bam' Rios believes his fellow American Chris Algieri has the goods to outfox the smaller Filipino superstar in the ring when they fight in November.
“Algieri does have tremendous skills, people don’t give him credit. Yes, we know that he doesn’t hit hard, we know that he doesn’t have that power punch, that knockout punch. But he can box. That guy can box his ass off. He can move and he has defensive skills and offensive skills,” Rios said in On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
Rios is attempting to make a comeback against Diego Chavez this weekend.
With his boxing skills and longer reach, Algieri is a legitimate threat to Pacquiao, said Rios.
“I like underdogs, so I’m going for Algieri for this fight. We know it’s not gonna be a knockout but I think he’s just gonna box him, stay on the outside and use his reach,” said the Mexican-American.
Rios admitted that he bombed out of his biggest fight of his career when he was heavily out-punched by the fleet-footed Filipino and lost by decision in their 2013 clash in Macau.
Rios blamed much of it to lack of experience in fighting superstar boxers.
“I think what happened is, I just froze. I think I froze a little bit because it was my first big mega fight, and I’m fighting Manny Pacquiao,” recalled the boxer.
“Physically I was ready and everything. Mentally, I probably wasn’t as ready as I should have been because like I said — that was my first mega fight and I’m fighting somebody like Manny Pacquiao. It did kind of get to me a little bit.”