Brandon Rios rips Manny Pacquiao for using shoulder injury ‘excuse’ following Mayweather defeat

Brandon Rios training in Riverside, Calif. (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Inside of trainer Robert Garcia’s new boxing facility in Riverside, Calif., you will find former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios on the scene.

Rios faces off with Tim Bradley on HBO on Nov. 7 inside of the Thomas & Mack Center for a clash for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title and so far his spirits in camp are very high.

Following a workout this past Saturday, Rios sat down with Hustle Boss to discuss several storylines taking place within the sport.

On Sep. 12, inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather handily defeated Andre Berto for perhaps his last victory, to move to 49-0 with 26 knockouts on SHOWTIME pay per view.

“Yeah, I caught it,” said Rios. “He didn’t go out with a bang. Floyd just did what he had to do to win the fight. He beat him easy.”

Mayweather insists that he is retired from the sport of boxing but Rios believes that Floyd should fight once again.

“I think he should do one more fight,” Rios explained. “Be done at 50. I don’t know who. Just one more fight. Just make it straight out 50 flat.”

In Mayweather’s previous bout, on May 2, he captured a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in the most financially lucrative bout to date in terms of media interest and pay per view buys. Mayweather was in command throughout most of the match and coasted towards the victory in an underwhelming contest.

“Pacquiao didn’t do sh*t,” said Rios. “It wasn’t as entertaining as I thought it would be. I thought Pacquiao would give Floyd more of a hard fight. But it wasn’t about that.”

Following the match, Team Pacquiao pointed towards Manny’s injured shoulder in an attempt to undermine Mayweather’s victory, yet Rios isn’t buying it.

“I thnk that was all a bunch of bullsh*t at the end of the day,” said Rios. “During camp you never had no complaints about it. During the fight you never had no complaints about it. All of a sudden, at the end of the fight, ‘I lost the fight. Oh I had a shoulder injury.’ I think it’s all a bunch of bullsh*t.

“Saltwater cleared it up? Come on, man,” Rios added. “If that was the case I would be in the saltwater right now [healing] my hand. In my book that’s an excuse.”

Check below for the full Q & A with Rios.

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