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Brandon Rios: 'I'm hoping Pacquiao wins'

Brandon Rios has been all but confirmed as Manny Pacquiao's opponent in April if Pacquiao beats Juan Manuel Marquez, and Rios says he's rooting for Manny to beat Juan Manuel Marquez and set up that bout.

Tecate Boxing: "Brandon, there are a lot of rumors. Brandon Rios against Pacquiao, Brandon Rios against the winner of this fight. What do you have to say?"

Brandon Rios: "That's great. It's about time my name has come up. I worked my way up. It's my time now. It's my time."

Tecate: "What's next? Do you know now?"

Rios: "We don't know now. We're waiting for the winner of this one to see what's happening. They say my next fight could be in April, but I'm just waiting for the winner of these two to see what's going to happen. Hopefully against Pacquiao. I'm hoping Pacquiao wins."

Tecate: "There's a lot of rage in you when you fight, and that seems to motivate a lot of fans to root for you. Can you tell me where that comes from?"

Rios: "It's from where I was brought up, man. I was brought up in the streets. It's just who I am. I keep it real, 100%. I'm not fake. I don't try to pretend I'm someone different when cameras are on me. I am who I am. I speak my mind. If I don't like you, I don't like you. If I like you, I like you. That's who I am. But I also got a good personality. I like to joke around a lot. Some of the fans, I joke around with fans, they like it, too. Because I interact with them. I'm not like some of these guys. Some of these fighters, they get big-headed. Not me. I take my time, I interact with everybody, and it's badass."

Tecate: "What goes through your mind in the ring?"

Rios: "I'm just so relaxed. I love to fight. That's who I am, man. I love to fight. I'm from the streets. I used to fight a lot. I'm always fighting. Boxing calms me down a lot. When I'm in that ring, I'm so relaxed, and I love to fight, and I get away with it. And I don't have to go to jail. That's why I love it."

Tecate: "Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans?"

Rios: "To all my fans that follow me around the world, Mexico, everybody, thank you for the support. A lot of the fans in the UK, thank you for the support. I fight for you guys. I'm ready."