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Former WBA light welterweight champion Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios announced his retirement after his disappointing 9th round KO loss to Timothy Bradley on Saturday night.

Known for his all-action fighting style, Rios has been involved in one of the most popular trilogies in recent memory. Rios’ first bout against Mike Alvarado was voted as the 2012 Fight of the Year by Sports Illustrated and here’s why:

Their rematch didn’t have the explosive ending but had the same fireworks:

Instead of a third bout, Rios and Alvarado went separate directions. Rios was gifted a shot at Manny Pacquiao while Alvarado fought Ruslan Provodnikov. Both men would lose their next bouts before eventually ending up fighting each other last January.

Rios won that bout in a one-sided affair and just when we thought he had found his second wind, Saturday came and Tim Bradley beat the hell out of Rios for 9 rounds:

After the bout, Rios announced his retirement:

He later confirmed it via Twitter:

Rios indeed gave us some of the best fights we’ve seen. And while it’s true that he’s been through many wars, so was Timothy Bradley who even went into depression after his first bout with Manny Pacquiao. The only reason why Rios body was no longer the same was perhaps because he lost the motivation to do so.

Rios missed during his first attempt at the weigh-in and he was reportedly 170 pounds on fight night. More than the wear and tear, it’s the lack of desire and dedication that did Rios. He’s only 29 but if he can’t prepare 100% for a fight and fights the way he does, he’s correct in calling it quits. You can’t fight too long using your face as your primary defense against your opponent’s punches.