In January, Brandon Rios punctuated the final chapter of his trilogy against Mike Alvarado with a third-round knockout. But following the fight, something unexpected happen for Rios.
No one came calling.
A popular fighter for his action style, no one wanted to fight Rios. As months passed by, Rios got irritated.
“Come on man, it’s like they were forgetting about me, little-by-little,” Rios said. “I don’t like that. I know I got a lot of gas in my tank. I’m ready to get back to the top and show everyone I’m ready,
“It’s just like the Alvarado fight. It was a do-or-die fight for me. If Alvarado would have beat me, my career would have been done. I made the best out of it. I’m making the best of everything now. I’m more focused, I’m more determined to get to the top.”
It was after the first fight against Alvarado when Rios’ career his a rough patch. Rios lost the rematch against Alvarado, and then was dominated in the biggest fight of his career, losing a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao.
“Pacquiao didn’t bring the best out of me, everyone knows that,” Rios said. “I got cocky, I got stupid. I was young, making a lot of money, and I was just dumb in that fight.”