Brandon Rios vs Manny Pacquiao What Rios and Trainer Robert Garcia Have To Say

Former World Champion  Brandon Rios,

Trainer of the Year  Robert Garcia and

Hall of Fame Promoter  Bob Arum

Conference Call  Transcript;

Tuesday, October 29,  2013,

From Training Camp in  Oxnard, California

 

From training camp at the Robert  Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California, we have former world champion  Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and his trainer, “Trainer of the Year” Robert Garcia, and  Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum.  They are here to discuss their upcoming historic battle against Manny  Pacquiao and Freddie Roach, taking place Saturday, November 23 and will be  produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® at 9:00 PM east coast and  6:00 PM west coast time.  Brandon  will be hosting his only U.S. media workout this Thursday at Robert Garcia’s gym – 1451 Pacific Ave., Oxnard, California, beginning at Noon PT.  Joining Brandon at the workout will be  Kevin Hart, who is starring in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie “Grudge Match”  which will also be starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro.  Kevin will also be available for  interviews at the workout, as will Bob Arum.

 

BOB ARUM:  Hello everybody, I don’t know if it’s morning or night but we just got  back from the Philippines last night in time for this conference call with  Brandon Rios and Robert Garcia.  Everyone is pumped and ready to go.  The buzz in Asia is just tremendous. Over 70 media members from all over – mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore attended Manny’s media day, and now  we shift the focus to America with Brandon Rios on this conference call and his  media day on Thursday.

 

BRANDON RIOS:  Training camp has been going great.  It’s awesome.  I won’t say it  been my best training camp ever, but it’s been great.  Now I am just ready to go out there and  do what I’ve got to do.

 

Robert, we understand you are leaving  for Macau on November 11 to get acclimated, how do you feel it’s been going so  far?

 

ROBERT GARCIA:  Everything is great.  We’ve  had a great training camp with great sparring partners..  We will leave on the 11th and  we have everybody – the cook, sparring partners ready to  go.

 

How is preparation for a welterweight  fight? BRANDON RIOS:  It is really great.  I don’t have to kill myself to make 140  or even 135 that I was doing before that.  I fell really great and I feel really strong.  I don’t think the weight will affect me  a negative way, I actually think it will help me.

 

ROBERT GARCIA:  You know he seems to be much more comfortable at this weight.  Normally three or four weeks out he is  usually training to cut the weight and it was hurting his performances in the  gym.  That seven pounds is not going  to hurt him at all.  He is going to  be stronger and he’s going to be faster because he is not cutting weight like he  did when he was fighting at 135 or 140.  Now the training is on our game plan and how to beat Manny Pacquiao, not  on cutting weight, and he will be better for it when he gets in the ring with  Manny Pacquiao.

 

Does part of you want to go in there  and jump on him to see how Pacquiao reacts after the brutal knockout by Juan  Manuel Márquez?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  No we cannot do that.  We  can’t go in the ring and think he’s going to be like that from the last  knockout.  We don’t know how he is  personally.  We have to go in there  and wait and wait and wait and see what he has because he is still a dangerous  opponent.  Pacquiao is always going  to be dangerous, so I can’t go in there and jump on him to see if he’s done  with.  I’m not thinking like  that.  I’m going in there with a  great game plan.  Robert has a great  game plan and his dad is also helping us out.  So we have a great game plan going into  the fight and I have to follow instructions and stick to the game plan and I  think we should be ready.

 

Robert, what do you think about trying  to jump on him? ROBERT GARCIA:  My dad and I have put together a great  game plan for Rios and we have been watching the Pacquiao tapes together.  That is something that everybody expects  us to do and we just might do that.  We don’t know what Pacquiao has coming out.  But we also have to be smart.  We just can’t jump in there and think we  are going to be the better guy that night.  No, we have to be ready for the best Pacquiao.  For him, it’s do or die so we have to be  ready for the best Pacquiao.  We  can’t go in there thinking it’s going to be easy.  Our game plan has turned out really  good.  If Brandon follows  instructions and does everything we tell him to do, the sparring partners have  been very helpful, so we should come out with good  results.

 

How do you prepare for the time  change?  Fighting in the morning in  Macau?

 

ROBERT GARCIA:  The fact that we are fighting in the morning, it is different and we have  never done that.  It’s not only  different for us but for everyone on the card and is new for everybody.  One thing about Brandon is that he  always trains at that time anyway.  He is always at the gym at 11 and by Noon he is already sparring and  doing his work.  So that is already  something we do, so it could benefit us.  When we go to Macau we will do the same thing.  We will be training  early.

 

BRANDON RIOS:  It’s going to be different, but not really.  Once you get in the ring and fight you  are not even thinking about ‘Oh it’s going to be too early for me.’  It’s in the morning, but to me, I’m just  ready to fight, to get It on.  To  show the world what I can do when I’m in top shape having the best training camp  ever and when I come in mentally and physically ready to show everybody what  they can expect from me.

 

We noticed you and Manny acting  friendly while in China on the tour.  Are you finding that changing now getting closer to the  fight?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I always have my game face on.  Yes, in China we saw each other a lot but didn’t really talk to each  other.  We showed respect to each  other, but that’s it.  Right when my  manager Cameron Dunkin told me on the phone I was fighting Pacquiao – I had my  game face on.  So I am ready to  fight.

 

Bob, what have you seen from Brandon’s  personality so far?

 

BOB ARUM:  Brandon is somebody who is really a credit to boxing, because he has a  great fan-friendly personality and fighting style.  You know if you are watching a Brandon  Rios fight you are going to see a real fight.  He has a big heart and brings a lot of  energy into a fight.  He complements  Pacquiao in this fight.  They are  both high energy fighters and I think we are going to see a tremendous battle  between two guys who love to fight and know, when they get in the ring that  that’s what is expected of them.

 

How is the fight doing?  How is the risk factor  economically? BOB ARUM:  There is no risk, to be honest.  The Macau fight will be sold out.  There will be thousands more in Macau  watching on close circuit, as in Hong Kong, as in the Venetian in Las Vegas – so  that aspect is all covered.  The  television all over Asia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia is going to set  records for viewership.  And in the  United States, we believe with the campaign we are going to have the  pay-per-view figures in the United States will be right there.  What we intend to do in Las Vegas at the  Venetian on fight week is we are going to have all the radio remotes there.  We are bringing in top fighters to talk  to the radios there.  We are going  to do all the things at the Venetian in Las Vegas as if the fight was at the  Venetian in Las Vegas.

 

The last time you faced a southpaw was  when you were 19…

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I guess there hasn’t been a tough enough opponent for me to fight.  But fighting a southpaw is OK.  It’s something different and maybe I  need something different.  I look at  a right-handed fighter then I look at a left-handed fighter, and it’s even  better.

 

How do you feel about those in the  media not giving you a chance?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  It’s OK – everybody looks at me as a punching bag.  But that’s all right, Robert and I are  going in with a great game plan and we are going to shock the world and show  them what kind of a fighter I am.  We are just ready, man.  To  be honest with you, I don’t care what people think, if I have a chance or  not.  I am just going to prove  everybody wrong.  And that’s good;  they are not giving me credit.  That  makes me train harder and gives me the drive to show them and shut them  up.

 

Do you enjoy being and  underdog?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I love it.  I love it when  they doubt me and I can prove them wrong.  I proved them wrong against Peterson.  I did it again against Acosta.  I did it with Antillon and I did it with  Alvarado.  So I’ll be  ready.

 

The fight is billed  Pacquiao-Rios.  How do you feel  about that?  Do you feel as if you  are the opponent?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  Well, it is Pacquiao versus Rios so no one is giving me a chance.  Everybody is overlooking me.  I just want to show the world that, hey,  he is in there with a live dog.  He  is not in there with a little puppy.  He is in there with a live dog.  I am going to show the world that he belongs with the best; he wants to  fight the best.  This is the guy  that has heart and balls that gives everything in the ring, that’s what he  wants.

 

What gives you that  perception?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  There is a lot of it man.  I  have read articles.  I don’t need to  go out there and keep saying it.  The people that ’know boxing.’  Everybody is out there saying it.  But that’s OK.  I am going to  go out there and shut everybody up.

 

There is also the perception that you  were picked by Pacquiao because you won’t box and that you are  smaller…

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I am not smaller.  At the  press conference I believe he was smaller than me so I am not the smaller guy  here.  If you say that, your eyes  are deceiving you because I am not smaller than Pacquiao, Pacquiao is smaller  than me.

 

BOB ARUM:  That is a good point that Brandon raises.  Pacquiao is a much smaller guy.  Brandon towers over Pacquiao; Brandon is  much taller than Pacquiao.  As far  as the weight is concerned, that is one of Freddie’s biggest problems.  Manny is working so hard and he is so  light that he is going back is eating five meals a day in order to keep his  weight.  In other words, now he is  probably five pounds under the welterweight limit.

 

So you think Brandon is probably the  bigger guy? BOB ARUM:  I don’t think, I know.  He is much bigger than Pacquiao.  He is taller, his reach is longer and  probably today he weighs more, probably ten pounds more than Msnny, right  Brandon?  You are probably about 152  today?
BRANDON RIOS:  Yup.
BOB ARUM:  And Manny was 142 when I left him in  General Santos City.

 

What kind of fight do you plan to  bring to Manny?  He prefers a guy to  stand in there with him…

 

ROBERT GARCIA:  I think if we were getting ready to outbox Manny it would be trying.  Everybody knows how Brandon fights and  nothing is going to change Brandon.  That’s what we are going to do.  We are going to try to make it into a brawl.  That’s the only way Brandon fights and  that’s the only way Brandon knows how to fight so there is nothing else we can  do.  That’s what we have to  do.

 

BRANDON RIOS:  You heard  it from Robert and he’s the man training me so I’ve go to go with Robert.  I have to stick with what Robert says  and that’s what’s going to happen.

 

If you’re not a puppy, what kind of  dog are you?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I am a Pit Bull mixed with a Great Dane, mixed with a Rottweiler, mixed  with a Bull Terrier, mixed with everything.  That’s what kind of dog I  am.

 

How long has Pacquiao been on your  radar?  Three years ago you were  fighting for a lightweight title when Margarito was fighting  Pacquiao…

 

BRANDON RIOS:  He hasn’t been on the radar that long.  At that time I wasn’t ready for this  type of fight, really.  I think  Robert has got me to the point where I need to be and he feels that I’ve  grown.  Cameron Dunkin feels that  I’ve grown so I can compete at this level now.  I feel like I can compete at this level  now.  Now I am ready for these types  of fights.

 

Do you feel a rematch with Alvarado is  in your future? BRANDON RIOS:  This is what I say and I always tell  this to everybody.  There is only  one guy on my mind right now and that’s Manny Pacquiao.  There is only one guy that’s going to be  on my mind and that’s Manny Pacquiao.  I can’t overlook any opponent because all fighters are dangerous.  Every fighter is dangerous.  I only look at one opponent at a time  and that’s many Pacquiao.  After the  fight I will sit down with Cameron Dunkin and Robert and go over some great  options for me.

 

Do you feel drug testing will be part  of your future fights?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I’m a clean fighter and I don’t really need drug testing.  They said they wanted drug testing for  this fight so why not?  I didn’t ask  for it.   If they want drug  testing, that’s OK.  It’s not like  I’m not going to fight him.  I’m a  clean fighter like I said.  If  they’re not clean, that’s OK.  I am  just worried about my camp and what we do and that’s it.

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I feel good and I’m ready to fight Pacquiao.  Everything in the gym with Robert is  going great and Robert is training me real hard and I’ll be  ready.

 

Will having Alex Ariza in the corner  have an effect on the fight?

 

ROBERT GARCIA:  Ariza is not in the corner. Ariza is working with Brandon but not in the  corner.  In the corner will be my  dad, Dr. Anderson and myself.  The  fact that he worked with Pacquiao before does not mean we are taking advantage  or asking any questions about Pacquiao.  Ariza doesn’t ever say anything to me about Pacquiao or what we should do  against Pacquiao.  I don’t ask  questions and he doesn’t tell me anything.  He’s just doing his job like he never worked with Pacquiao.

 

How has Ariza impacted the  camp: BRANDON RIOS:  I’m already a physically strong guy, but  Ariza’s got some good work ethics.  He’s making me faster.  He’s  making me more light on my feet.  He’s been great and been working very well, like Robert said.  There has not been one mention of what  Pacquiao does wrong or anything like that.  We don’t need any of that stuff.  We just do hard work and get the job done.  That’s what we do.  Ariza is great at what he does and we  have a great workout.  Mikey’s using  him and I’m using him and we see great results.

 

Which Pacquiao are you preparing  for?

 

BRANDON RIOS:  I’m ready for the Pacquiao that was dominating the game.  That’s the guy I’m ready for.  I am not looking at his last fight when  he got knocked out by Márquez.  That  could happen to anybody – that could happen to me.  We cannot go in thinking Pacquiao is  done, he’s old.  I’m not looking at  that.  I’m looking at the Pacquiao  that was dominating the game.  I’m  getting in the best shape I can get and I’ll be ready mentally and physically  for this fight.  And if he looks  old?  Great – that gives me more  time to warm up.  If he’s at his  best?  Great – then I have to warm  up faster.

 

BOB ARUM:  I want to thank everybody for being on the call.  I’m glad you mentioned this great  triple-header we have on November 9 – Robert’s brother, Mikey Garcia challenges  for the 130-pound title against Rocky Martinez; Nonito Donaire in a grudge  rematch with Vic Darchinyan; and former U.S. Olympians Vanes Martirosyan against  Demetrius Andrade for the junior middleweight title – it’s a terrific offering  on HBO.  These fighters, both Manny  Pacquiao and Brandon Rios have really been training hard for this fight and I  want to address one question – the idea of them fighting in the morning.  Remember, on the greatest fights I ever saw took place thirty-eight years ago,  in Manila, in the morning, at the same time, when Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali  went at it in one of the great heavyweight, one of the great fights, in  boxing.  I expect a great fight here  in the morning in Macau and live Saturday evening, usual time [9:00 p.m. ET /  6:00 p.m. PT], in Las Vegas.

 

BOB ARUM:  Let me say this: people say ‘fighting in the morning, how unusual.’  Yea, it’s unusual, but ask your self,  when do you have the most energy or the most strength?  Is it in the morning?  Or is it in the evening?  Most people will say it’s in the  morning.  So that’s why I expect an  even greater battle than if the fight was taking place at the usual time in the  evening.

 

BRANDON RIOS:  My friend has something to say [impersonates Kevin Hart]:  Yea!  Yea!  Getting ready for Macau baby!  Yea!

 

BRANDON RIOS:  It’s going to be a great fight and it’s going to be a great fight for  everybody around the world.  You’re  going to see two warriors go at it and they really do go at it.  I want to say thanks for everyone that  believes in me.

 

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            Former world champion BRANDON  “Bam Bam” RIOS (31-1-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and reigning Trainer of  the Year ROBERT GARCIA will host  their only U.S. Media Workout This Thursday! October 31, at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy (1451  Pacific Ave., Oxnard, Calif. 93003),beginning at Noon PT.

 

            KEVIN HART,  who stars as a savvy boxing promoter in the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures movie “Grudge Match,” will attend Media Day and will be available for interviews as  will Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM.  Interviews with Rios and Garcia will  take place before the workout.

            Rios is in deep training for his eagerly-anticipated welterweight  collision with Fighter of the Decade, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (54-5-2, 38  KOs)Rios departs for Macau on November  11 to acclimate to the environment.

            Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association  with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Rios will take place Saturday, November 23 at The  Venetian® Macao’s CotaiArena™It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

            For Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, this marks the  pound-for-pound box office monarch’s 2013 debut as well as his first fight  outside the U.S. since his 12-round super featherweight unanimous decision  victory over former world champion Oscar Larios in 2006, which took place in the  Philippines.  Rios, one of boxing’s  most exciting fighters, has only fought outside the U.S. once, in México in 2008  when he won a 10-round split decision over Ricardo  Dominguez.

            HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured  17 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns for its 18th boxing installment with  24/7 PACQUIAO/RIOS. The series debuts Saturday, Nov. 9, immediately following  the Boxing After Dark tripleheader from Corpus Christi, TX. All new  episodes premiere in prime time Saturday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 21, just  two days before the welterweight showdown in Macau.

 

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