MANILA, Philippines – Former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios believes he has figured out a way to defeat Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, should they ever end up fighting each other.
“What’s it going to take to beat Manny Pacquiao? What I’ve been doing for the last, since I’ve been boxing, eight years,” Rios said in an interview with Chris Robinson of Examiner.
“Pressure, pressure, pressure. Fight, fight, fight. Keep coming, don’t stop,” Rios said.
Rios became a potential opponent for Pacquiao after defeating Mike Alvarado via a technical knockout in the seventh round last October 13 in a bout that is the frontrunner for Fight of the Year honors.
That bout was fought at light-welterweight, though Rios claims he will have no problem climbing up to the welterweight division to fight Pacquiao.
“If (Top Rank chief executive) Bob Arum and (manager) Cameron Dunkin want me to fight Manny Pacquiao next, I’ll fight him. Go up to 147 (welterweight), win that fight, come back down to 140 (light-welterweight), clean out 140, and then go back to 147,” Rios said.
“It’s not like it’s going to be hard for me to 147. As you can see, I make 140 pretty comfortably. 147 would be the same (expletive). I’ll clean both divisions out, why not?” he added.
While he is waiting for a chance to fight Pacquiao, Rios will be content with watching the Filipino fighter take on Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time on December 8 in Las Vegas.
“He’s got a tough test in front of him, that’s Marquez again,” Rios said. “That’s going to be a great fight. We’ll be at that fight.”