Brandon Rios could come back this June from his November 2013 loss to Manny Pacquiao, and his subsequent suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
“We’ve been discussing opponents and dates with him. I just had a conversation with his manager this morning,” Arum told BoxingScene.com on Feb. 28. “We’re not in a position to announce anything yet, but we will have an announcement probably within the next 10 days.”
One bout that is a possibility is a fight with Ruslan Provodnikov. But Arum also said that if a proposed bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado cannot be made, then he would perhaps seek a third fight between Rios and Alvarado, whose rivalry is tied up at one win apiece.
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Brandon Rios, details his intense rivalry with Victor Ortiz in an exclusive sit-down interview with FOX 11′s James Koh.
Unlike other manufactured fighter dramas, Rios said his beef with his former friend and training partner is very real with Rios claiming Ortiz orchestrated threats that ultimately led to one man pulling a gun on Rios back in 2008.
“He got people to come after us, me and (trainer) Robert (Garcia),” Rios said. “He was having people call my phone, making threats saying ‘You better keep Victor Ortiz’s name out of your mouth.’”
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Kendall Holt, Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming sparring partner in former welterweight contender, was unveiled earlier this week. But the Pacman could be facing tougher sparmate when he shifts his training to Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where old foe Miguel Cotto could be waiting.
Pacquiao started his preparation for his WBO Welterweight championship rematch with Timothy Bradley Jr. this week. Holt, the man who floored Bradley twice, was tapped to become Pacquiao’s sparring partner.
“Pacquiao will be reportedly using former WBO light welterweight champion Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KO’s) and Lydell Rhodes (19-0, 9 KO’s) as two of the sparring partners for Pacquiao. There will be likely others that will be used by Pacquiao, but initially these are the two names that he’ll be working with,” Sports Talk 200 reported.
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Manny Pacquiao admits he is sometimes too nice to his opponents – but has warned Tim Bradley that won’t be the case when they meet.
Pacquiao’s rematch against the American – who controversially beat him in 2012 on a disputed split decision – is on April 12 in Las Vegas and Bradley started the war of words by saying his adversary’s ‘killer instinct is gone’.
However, the PacMan countered: ‘The aggressiveness and killer instinct, I have that, but sometimes I’m too nice with my opponent,’ Pacquiao said. ‘But this fight he challenged me to do that. But this fight, he’ll get it.’
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Manny Pacquiao is out to show Timothy Bradley that he still has a “killer instinct.”
Pacquiao was in New York on Wednesday as part of a media tour to promote his rematch with Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas. Bradley beat Pacquiao in 2012 in a hotly disputed split decision.
At a news conference on Tuesday in southern California, Bradley said the 35-year-old Pacquiao still has skills, but the former welterweight champion’s “killer instinct is gone.”
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