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Brandon Rios: 'Timothy Bradley can't even sell out his hometown'

Brandon Rios slammed Timothy Bradley on Wednesday, and said he's got no intention of fighting Bradley, as his focus is entirely on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV winner.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

All signs are pointing to Brandon Rios facing the Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez IV winner on April 20, and says he's not at all interested in facing Timothy Bradley, who holds the WBO welterweight title and recently said he'd be willing to face Rios next:

"Timothy Bradley had a fight and he turned it down because he thinks he's worth more money. He can't even sell his hometown out. Right now Cameron Dunkin is looking for a great opportunity for my career and myself. Bob Arum said I get the winner out of Pacquiao-Marquez, so I'm not worried about Timothy Bradley. I'm not looking at Timothy Bradley."

Rios is coming off of a big win over Mike Alvarado, but that was his first real fight at 140 pounds, and he's now being positioned to jump to 147 if he faces Pacquiao. I suppose a Marquez fight could be made at 140, but while Arum and Top Rank have mentioned Pacquiao-Rios plenty, Marquez-Rios hasn't really been a matter of discussion. Top Rank doesn't have a contract with Marquez, and couldn't really commit to that at the moment the way they can the idea of Pacquiao-Rios.

Rios will be ringside for the big fight on Saturday and did attend the final press conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Bradley will reportedly return to action on February 9.

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