He is back!
Filipino boxing pride Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao gloriously bounced back after defeating younger opponent Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios via a unanimous decision to take the WBO international welterweight title on Sunday at the CotaiArena in Venetian Macao.
In the said game, Pacquiao showed his old self and how much he still has left. With a display of speed, footwork and unparalleled experience, Pacman authoritatively wore Rios down and won 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 on the scorecards.
The official scores spoke for itself: Pacquiao didn’t lose a bit and Rios didn’t win even a whole round.
In terms of punches, Pacman landed 281 of 790 punches (35.6%) while Rios connected 138 of 502 (27.5%).
“All I can say is many Manny punches,” said Coach Freddie Roach. “He fought the perfect fight. Body shots killed him. Manny let him off the hook, I wanted him to knock him out.”
The bout also showed who Pacman is: the only fighter who won world titles in eight weight divisions (from 112 to 154lbs).
Pacquiao, who lost to Timothy Bradley on June 2012 and was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December of the same year, gave hope and inspiration to Filipinos after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the central Philippines and left thousands of victims dead on November 8.
Pacquiao’s strong performance was dedicated to the victims of the typhoon Haiyan.
“This is not about my comeback. My victory is a symbol of my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy,” Pacquiao said in the ring.
He is not over yet
Pacquia0’s victory closes the door for possible early retirement after such talks swirled following his defeat to Marquez last year.
In fact, the Filipino pride believes his not done yet. “My time is not over yet,” Pacquia0 said.
His won over Rios brought him back into the mix of boxing elites, thus, opening a possible Manny Pacquia0-Floyd Mayweather fight.
“If all sides cut out the crap, a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather can get done. I’m working on it now and where there is a way, there is a will,” said promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, is willing to fight Mayweather.
“Anybody who will fight with me, I will fight,” he said. “I’m willing to fight Floyd, but it’s up to him.”
If a Pacquia0-Mayweather fight won’t materialize, a much-awaited rematch with Bradley or Marquez might happen next year.
Arum also said that Pacquiao’s next fight could take place on April 2014, probably in Las Vegas.