FORMER world champion Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios whom Manny Pacquiao beat via unanimous decision in November said that PacMan would crush unbeaten American Timothy Bradley in their rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Pacquiao is one quick mother**cker,” Rios (31-2-1 win-loss-draw card with 23 knockouts) told writer Chris Robinson of boxing website hustleboss.com. “He’s very fast and everything. It’s just his awkwardness. I give Pacquiao a lot of credit and I lost to one of the best in the world.”
“We saw how tough Rios was during his fight against Manny, but he was hit many times to his head and body,” Pacquiao’s business partner Gerry Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “He didn’t know where those punches in different angles are coming from.”
Rios added that Pacquiao’s hard-hitting quick punches would absolutely frustrate any opponent. The 35-year-old Saranggani congressman, according to Rios, chases opponent like a prey and could throw counter-punches too.
“He throws punches from different angles,” Rios told hustleboss.com. “And sometimes that f*cks with your mind and once it f*cks your mind up, you lose your mind and you lose the fight. That’s what happened to me.”
Just like many boxing fans in June 2012, Rios also believed that Pacquiao was robbed of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title by Bradley’s controversial split decision win.
“I thought the first time Pacquiao won,” Rios said. “It was controversial. I think Pacquiao, I think he might be more aggressive; might go for a knockout this time. Everybody thought he was going to knock him out the first time. I think it’s going to be probably a knockout. If not, probably a split-decision Pacquiao.”
But Rios also pointed out that Bradley has improved a lot as seen in his last two fights in 2013 against Russian Ruslan Provodnikov and Pacquiao’s archrival Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez,” He showed us a lot of heart during those fights and won,” Rios told hustleboss.com.