Brandon Rios: I Was Over-Confident For Alvarado Rematch

BY The Sweet Science ON November 11, 2013
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Rios Write-up/Blog Part 3; Monday, November 11

Question to Brandon Rios - You’ve had tremendous success as a professional. You fought undefeated for nearly 10 years. You enter this fight in unfamiliar territory after falling to Alvarado. Will you prepare for this fight any differently than you always have? If so, how do you prepare so that you don’t completely alter approach as a fighter to the point that you’ve moved away from what has made you a success?

Answer: I’m going to fight the way I always fight. The only difference is I have to train in a smarter way. I can’t train to fight the way I fought with Alvarado and other fighters I have fought. I have to train smart, train to fight Manny Pacquiao. I’m going to train the same way and fight the same way but in a smarter way, because I can’t change my style of fighting. I can’t change something that has got me where I am now. The way I fight is the reason I have the wins I have, the reason I have the fans I have and the reason I’m fighting the biggest fight in my career on November 23 in Macau, China.

Falling to Alvarado in Rios vs. Alvarado II didn’t affect me at all, what affected me was training to the Alvarado I fought the first time at the Home Depot Center. That’s what affected me. I trained to fight hard, yes, but to fight the Alvarado I fought before. When I trained for Alvarado the first time on October 13, 2012 I was confident and I was ready 100% for the fight. When I trained for Alvarado second time, I would say I was over-confident because I knew I had hurt him the first fight I had already beat him. Therefore I believed I could do it again. That’s where I messed up because I didn’t really think he was going to change his game. I didn’t train for a different Alvarado, I honestly didn’t think he was going to change his routine. I trained for the Alvarado I had fought a few months back, that’s where I messed up.

This fight, Pacquaio vs. Rios, it’s going to be different I am going to train for everything. I am going to train for everything Manny Pacquiao is going to bring and some. I’m not going to assume he’s going to come into the fight like the Pacquiao that recently got knocked out. No, I’m training for the best Manny Pacquiao, I’m training for the elite fighter he is. I can never underestimate any of my opponents because at the end of the day, they want the same thing I want. A win. Getting that win, I have to assume Pacquaio is going to come in the best shape of his life, because he’s hungry again. Manny Pacquiao wants and needs that win on November 23 just like I want that win. So like I said before, I’m going to train for the best Manny Pacquiao there has ever been. I will train hard like I always do. I will give the fans the exciting fights they love to see, and I’m sure Pacquiao wants the same thing. I will fight like the Brandon Rios my fans love to see, but like I said I will train smarter, I will fight smarter. The loss to Alvarado earlier this year was a blessing in disguise, because I lost the fight to the cards, a very close fight. On the other hand I won something else, I won the experience, the experience to never be overconfident again. To always train for all scenarios, and that’s exactly what I am going to do.

24/7 Pacquiao/Rios Episode 2 debuts Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Pacquiao vs. Rios takes place Saturday, Nov. 23 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Comment on this article

Hop says:

If the above quotation is accurate and unedited, it's the longest I've ever 'heard' Brandon Rios speak without using the F-word. (clap, clap, clap)

The Shadow says:

I doubt either guy said any of this. This looks like the work of Lee Samuels. At best -- at absolute best -- a PR person wrote it out for them and had them approve/disapprove. It reeks of standard TR spin on Manny fights.

brownsugar says:

There was sort of a homogenized feel to the preceedings... And Rios still looks a bit chunky in the face..I hope PAC looks good so the public out cry for the fight of the century (Paq vs MoneyMay) ....reaches a rousing creshendo to force the powers that be to drop an olive branch in order to stage this potentially epic event

The Shadow says:

There was sort of a homogenized feel to the preceedings... And Rios still looks a bit chunky in the face..I hope PAC looks good so the public out cry for the fight of the century (Paq vs MoneyMay) ....reaches a rousing creshendo to force the powers that be to drop an olive branch in order to stage this potentially epic event


Hehehe, a true artist, you. You paint with words, my brother. I'm hoping, too. #olivebranch

amayseng says:

different levels....

rios is on one

pac is on one about three higher

pac's hand and footspeed is about tenfold of rios

add in pacs tenacity and power and rios is gonna beat a beatdown

i dont care how much rios likes punched in the face, this time he is getting ktfo

Hop says:

I hope PAC looks good so the public out cry for the fight of the century (Paq vs MoneyMay) ....reaches a rousing creshendo to force the powers that be to drop an olive branch in order to stage this potentially epic event.


Hear, hear. Although I'm not quite ready to label it "the fight of the century" (!) yet, especially now. You been hanging with Oscar De La Hoya, BrownSugar? (just ribbing you, man). I'm fully with you in the hopes that a very impressive Pacquaio performance will (F-I-N-A-L-L-y) get Mayweather & Pac-Man in the ring together. I've been told years ago that such a hope was a pipe dream, but we'll see.

brownsugar says:

Hear, hear. Although I'm not quite ready to label it "the fight of the century" (!) yet, especially now. You been hanging with Oscar De La Hoya, BrownSugar? (just ribbing you, man). I'm fully with you in the hopes that a very impressive Pacquaio performance will (F-I-N-A-L-L-y) get Mayweather & Pac-Man in the ring together. I've been told years ago that such a hope was a pipe dream, but we'll see.


Exactly Hop..!!!!!.... They are both a bit older and a bit wiser but no other fight comes close as far as generating this level of anticipation and excitement.
The Winner would still be a toss up although Money May would at least be a 3-1 favorite.

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