Pacquiao Bludgeons Rios En Route to a Dominant Unanimous Decision Verdict

Filipinos across the world were glued to their screens as Manny Pacquiao fought for the first time in nearly a year off of his knockout loss to bitter rival Juan Manuel Marquez. The 2000-2009 fighter of the decade met Mexican-American Brandon Rios in Cotai, Macau and in what was anticipated to be a barn burner turned into a dominant boxing lesson by Pacquiao. Manny lit up Rios for 12 rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory (120-108, 119-109 and 118-110).

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The crowd in Macau was dominated by the Filipinos and the anticipation for the fight was electric. Rios entered the arena and was met with boos while Pacquiao was met by an eruption of cheers. From the opening bell, it was all Pacquiao.

From the first exchange it was already evident that the “Fighting Pride of the Philippines” was the faster fighter and the more superior boxer. For every punch Rios landed, Pacquiao answered with a combination of punches that made the former freeze-up on his feet.

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During the middle rounds, Rios decided to go inside to either grab a hold of Manny or trap the latter in the corner. That effort though came in vain as Pacquiao used excellent lateral movement to move away from Rios and subsequently pepper “Bam Bam” with hemorrhaging left hands and combinations. For all the punishment he took, Brandon Rios showed his patented toughness by never backing down even if he was met with a punch from Pacquiao.

After the final bell rang, everyone was just waiting for the score cards to be read to formalize another victory for Pacquiao. During the post fight interviews, Pacquiao said that he is planning to go Tacloban and help out those who were affected by typhoon Yolanda. He also said that this was not his comeback but this victory signified the comeback of our fellow countrymen who were devastated by the recent calamities.

In my opinion, Pacquiao fought a really smart fight. Coming off a devastating knockout loss, he and his team prioritized movement to avoid the big power punches and coming in with punches in bunches. Manny also looked calmer compared to his 4th bout with Marquez where he looked agitated. After this showing, Manny has proved to everyone that he is still a force and I would love for him to meet Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley once again.

 

photo courtesy of The Guardian

photo courtesy of The Guardian

So there you go guys, Manny Pacquiao put on a show for his fellow countrymen and from everyone here at Pop Goes Manila, we would like to say Salamat Manny!

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