Pacquiao crushes Rios

Manny Pacquiao (right) deals Brandon Rios a lesson in clinical boxing during their fight for the World Boxing Organization International welterweight title in Macau on Sunday. AFP PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao (right) deals Brandon Rios a lesson in clinical boxing during their fight for the World Boxing Organization International welterweight title in Macau on Sunday. AFP PHOTO

MACAU: Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao made a successful comeback to the ring with an overwhelming points victory over Brandon Rios to win the World Boxing Organization International welterweight championship in Macau on Sunday.

The three ringside judges scored the fight 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 as Pacquiao handed out a lesson in clinical boxing to his less-experienced American opponent.

The Filipino great, who had lost his last two fights, took the 12-round contest to Rios from the first bell, connecting with lightning combinations to the body and head.

Rios was on the canvas following a body shot in the first round, but the referee ruled no knockdown because the former lightweight world champion had slipped.

Rios proved durable, but Pacquiao gave him an all-over workout and a boxing lesson in the American’s debut at welterweight.

Pacquiao, a congressman in the Philippines, which was recently ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan, was understandably emotional afterwards.

“This is not about my comeback,” he said in the ring immediately after the verdict. “This is about my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy.”

Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach had said he would tell his charge to retire should he lose to Rios.

Now Pacquiao will look for a potential rematch with Mexican arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked “Pac-Man” out in their fourth meeting last December.

“I’m so happy,” added Pacquiao. “Because my time is not over.”



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  1. Manny was in top form. As I was watching the live ppv, then after the taped broadcasts, it was a masterful performance. Rios was assuming that he could go toe to toe, but Manny didn’t take the bait. He placed jabs, uppercuts, and left cross, and right cross. He was still on his toes to the end of the 12th round. Rios better watch this fight and learn from it. This tape can be used as an excellent cause study.
    Big mouth Mayweather will not meet Manny. He is a damn coward. He is a damn racist making fun of Manny on YOUTUBE. Time to cut through the bs. Lets have a fight to answer once and for all who is the best!

  2. Rios is like Margarito comparable with speed, Margarito loose weight while Rios Goes up in weight, Margarito has no belt while Rios loose his belt. If Pacquiao could not knock Rios, who will be his next opponent that could be safe for him. Maidana, Bradley,Rogonikov, Broner all this fighter will put pacquiao in Coma. Floyd will not fight pacquio for so many reason; 1. pacquiao dont agree with blood test, 2. pacquiao dont make more money than Floyd, 3. Floyd is the owner of his own promotion. Pacquiao want Floyd for one reason only to make money even he loose and he knows that he will not win to Floyd for so many reason: Floyd is taller, he has longer reach, he is more faster, he is more smarter, he own his own promotion, he is very slick. If pacquio could beat Canelo Alvares, Maidana, Prononicov, Broner, Zap Juddah, Bradley, i will believe he has a chance to beat Floy.

  3. Congrats. Manny Pacquiao…one bright moment in the midst of all these calamities,
    and scandals…

    Thank you, along with Christianne Amanpour and Anderson Cooper, for the world symapthies they brought to the storm victims…

    Their few sentences and minutes of wisdom was worth MORE than all the propaganda and pronouncements by our worthless president…Benigno Aquino, THE TURD!

  4. I cant believe how much of an accomplishment you think this is. Just last year rios was fighting at lightweight. Then he had 2 fights at light welterweight winning the 1st & losing the second. Its been over 2 1/2 years since manny pacquiao has fought a welterweight. If floyd mayweather was fighting everyone from the light welterweight division who had never campaigned at welterweight then you would scream cheater but you dont do it to a pinoy fighter. There is already talk of manny fighting mikey garcia, & he is a super welterweight. Well i hope floyd mayweather tells manny pacquiao to fight & beat 2 top 10 welterweight before he will even consider him a worth while challengs. I think manny is a fraud & needs to fight people from his own weight division not from lighter weights & he doesnt give them a catchweight like he had against cotto, margarito & de la hoya. No pac always wants the advantage, its legal cheating but hey pinoys are good at cheating, what say you.