Bob Arum talks Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios and why Canelo may be in line for the winner

Bob Arum speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s once again Fight Week in Las Vegas, as we are counting down the days to this weekend’s HBO-televised battle between former lightweight champion Brandon Rios and two-division titlist Tim Bradley.

The two men collide on Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title in a fight that doesn’t figure to disappoint.

Speaking with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum during Wednesday’s grand arrivals inside of the Wynn Las Vegas, he spoke fondly on the two star fighters. Arum has been promoting Rios dating back to his early pro days and has played a huge role in landing Bradley some big, meaningful matchups the past three years.

“It’s a great fight,” Arum explained. “They are real pros; experienced guys who have always come to fight and put on some great fights. I anticipate a tremendous night.”

As for what the future holds for this weekend’s victor, Arum does see the possibility of a big match with Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who faces off with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto on Nov. 21.

“[Bradley] could fight either Pacquiao a third fight or Canelo if Canelo beats Cotto,” Arum explained. “Rios, if he wins, he can fight Canelo but I wouldn’t put Rios in with Manny because Manny beat quite easily beat Rios the last time they fought.”

Check below for the full Q & A with Arum.

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