Pac-Rios results: Pacquiao dismantles Rios in 12-round affair

There were lots of questions heading into Saturday’s main event battle between Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and Mexican starlet, Brandon Rios.

Pacquiao was fighting for the first time on the heels of two consecutive losses.

And with the vacant WBO International Welterweight title up for grabs, the 34-year-old answered those questions and brushed all critics aside with a dominant performance, in front of a buoyant crowd that were eager to see how he’ll rebound following the crushing knockout set-back he suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez in his previous outing.

The contest headlined a five-bout fight card that took place at The Venetian in Macau, drawing visits from celebrities such as Paris Hilton and David Beckham among others.

Rios showed up with lots of heart and tenacity, but Pacquiao displayed a vintage performance, using his superior hand speed and footwork to get the better of his opponent for the duration of the bout. Pacquiao’s combinations worked majestically against Rios, and his circling kept “Bam Bam” at bay, preventing him from garnering the angles needed to land any big shots.

Rios, however, did have some success with his punches, but he struggled to land anything clean on Pacquiao, as the Filipino evaded most of his opponent’s counters elusively. Suffice to say, Rios was a victim of numerous left hands and combinations.

In the end, Pacquiao swept the judges’ scorecards which read 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.

Whether or not “The Pacman” can still carry on against opponents in the upper echelon of the pro Boxing circuit, still remains to be seen. Rios, was in fact, a hand picked opponent as seen by many. Moreover, with Showtime and Golden Boy promotions having the majority of 140-lbs to 147-lbs fighters at its disposal, including notables like Danny “Swift” Garcia, Lucas Matthysse and of course, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, there aren’t many viable options left on the table for the legendary Filipino Boxer. Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 or Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5, anyone?

For Rios, meanwhile, the loss would have undoubtedly been a bitter pill to swallow but this wouldn’t be seen as a major set-back or anything given the fact that he was a huge underdog heading to this one. It’ll be interesting to see, though, how Rios picks himself up after this.

Elsewhere on the card, Pacquiao’s team-mate and multi-time Olympic gold medalist, Zou Shiming, improved to 3-0 as he decisioned Juan Tozcano. Featherweights Evgeny Gradovich and Billy Dib were also in action, and it was the former who walked away victorious with a ninth round TKO stoppage.

Here are the full results, and check out highlights of the Pac-Rios bout below:

  • Welterweight: Manny Pacquiao def. Brandon Rios via Unanimous Decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110)
  • Featherweight: Evgeny Gradovich def. Billy Dib via TKO at 1:10 of Round 9
  • Heavyweight: Andy Ruiz Jr. def. Tor Hamer via TKO (Retirement) at 3:00 of Round 3
  • Flyweight: Zou Shiming def. Juan Tozcano via Unanimous Decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-52)
  • Lightweight: Felix Verdejo def. Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan via Unanimous Decision (60-53, 60-53, 60-53)

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