The light welterweight fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday night lived up to its billing. The two traded major blows and put together some of the most entertaining rounds fans have seen all year. Rios won the fight by 7th-round TKO to remain undefeated.
After the fight, Rios was asked by HBO’s Max Kellerman about potentially facing the winner between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, who are fighting in December. He doesn’t think he’d have a problem with either fighter.
“See what happened to Mike Alvarado? I think I could do it to them too,” Rios stated. “Mike Alvarado — I think he hits harder than them and he’s tougher. Pacquiao, he’s an in-and-out guy, but like I always do, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. taught me very well: you break the body, the head will fall down.”
Rios would likely have to move up to welterweight if he were to face the Pacquiao-Marquez winner. If that fight doesn’t happen, and we’re guessing it doesn’t, there will likely be a big push for a Rios-Alvarado rematch.
When presented with that possibility, Rios said he was willing to fight Alvarado again.
“The fans, you want it? Do you want it? If they want it, I want it, my manager want it, f— it, let’s do it again.”
Alvarado was also open to a rematch.
“I’m still a warrior, I’m still the best in my weight. We could do it again if he wants to,” he told Kellerman after the fight.
Alvarado was disappointed with referee’s Pat Russell’s stoppage in the 7th.