EXCLUSIVE dSource interview with Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios (Part 2 | Click here for Part 1)
Hardcore boxing fans know exactly what they are going to get every time Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) steps into the ring. Those who don’t, will be in for a treat when he faces 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) in Macau, China, on November 23, in a clash of boxing’s two most violent and entertaining forces.
What few get to see, however, is that Rios isn’t just a brute force inside boxing’s squared circle. The man has a softer side outside the ring and is passionate about giving back to his community and doing charity work, as well as mentoring the youth in his current hometown in Oxnard, California. Rios is also a family man; a loving husband and father of two, and as he revealed to me recently, soon to be three.
“My wife is pregnant now again,” Rios told me over the phone as he was enumerating the things he has been doing outside the boxing ring. “She’s 5 months (pregnant) right now; so I got a two-year-old, a one-year-old, and now she’s pregnant again, it’s crazy right?” Rios said with a chuckle.
“Me and my wife we don’t have TV or cable, so that’s why we get pregnant,” Rios joked followed by a burst of laughter.
And with the payday he will receive for fighting Pacquiao, Rios will have set his family financially for good, which is why the new baby adds some extra motivation for the 27-year-old Mexican-American slugger.
As if Rios needed more motivation for fight against Pacquiao.
“I always tell everybody, it’s not about the paycheck for me. It’s not about what I get paid,” Rios emphasized. “This is what I love to do. This is my passion. I love to box no matter what!”
Which is why in a time where boxing’s biggest names choose to fight for money rather than legacy, Rios is a throwback fighter who fans can definitely root for.
“I watch boxing when it’s not even the top fighters on; ESPN, Fox Sports, Mexican channels, all the Mexican fights, I just love boxing, dude, this is something I just love to do. I just got a big passion for boxing. I love my job,” Rios continued. “It’s not about the payday for me. It’s about giving the fans a great show and giving them what they paid for. They work hard to watch the fights, so why not give it back to them and that’s what I love to do.”
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