Why It Should Happen
Brandon Rios is a highly recognizable name that would provide credibility and a managed amount of risk for a comeback fight after a loss. He's exciting and brings a ton of guts and determination into a fight, characteristics that make him compelling.
But he's also limited. A good boxer, committed to keeping the fight where he wants it, shouldn't have tons of trouble blunting his offense and dancing pugilistic circles around him.
Why It Shouldn't Happen
Rios was fed to Pacquiao last November under similar circumstances. A well-known fighter, coming off a loss, he badly needed a credible opponent to make him look good and jump-start his career.
"Bam Bam" proved to be every bit of that and more. He looked overmatched against Pacquiao, and he was shredded with quick, powerful punches from all angles. By the end of the night, his face was bloody and swollen, the result of swallowing big punches for 36 minutes.
It was one of his worst performances as a pro, and it proved that he's probably already hit his ceiling as an exciting, but limited, fighter who will never be elite.
Will It Happen
Rios has some work of his own to take care of first. He was long rumored to be on the short list for a challenge against Ruslan Provodnikov in the spring, but that fight fell through. Instead, per Boxing Scene, it appears that the former 140-pound belt-holder could face fellow former champion Antonio DeMarco over the summer.
If he wins, he definitely gets into line as one of the better options for a comeback fight for all the reasons listed above.
Bradley spent much of the promotional time for his rematch with Pacquiao criticizing the Filipino icon for allowing Rios to stand in front of him all night without stopping him.
It would be interesting to see how Bradley, who nearly had his block knocked off by Provodnikov when he tried to engage, would fare against the opponent he so frequently criticized Pacquiao for not knocking out.