Brandon Rios: ‘Fighting Pacquiao was like fighting an Octopus’
Milan Ordoñez on Jan 22, 2015 04:38 PM
Photo credit: Brandon Rios Official Facebook fan page
MANILA – Brandon Rios had a peculiar take on his November 2013 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
“Bam Bam” (35-2-1, with 23 victories by knockout), who will be facing Mike Alvarado (34-3, with 23 victories by knockout) for the third time this weekend, spoke about his experience sharing the ring with the eight-division world champion in a previous interview with journalist Elie Seckbach.
“With Pacquiao, that mo********er was fast,” Rios candidly quipped. “It’s like seeing three of him in the ring. I thought I was fighting an Octopus.”
Pacquiao fought Rios more than two years ago for the first time in Asia’s new boxing mecca, Macau, China. It was “Pacman’s” ring return right off his demoralizing highlight reel knockout loss to old rival Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year prior.
Rios, on the other hand, was also coming off his first career loss against Alvarado in their rematch.
As expected by many, Pacquiao dominated the fight, en route to a one-sided unanimous decision verdict.
Known for his brazen, self-assured demeanor both on and off the boxing ring, Rios admits to having a more mature approach to his fighting philosophy this time around, adding that over-confidence is what killed him during the biggest fight of his young career.
“I’ve been in that situation with Pacquiao,” he continued. “I was so confident in everything. I think I over did confidence, and look what happened.”
ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23 will air Alvarado vs. Rios 3 on January 25, Sunday at 9 p.m.
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