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Manny Pacquiao flashes old dominance in decisive win over Brandon Rios

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Brandon Rios (left) had trouble handling Manny Pacquiao's combination of speed and power in Macau. (Vincent Yu/AP)

Brandon Rios (left) had trouble handling Manny Pacquiao’s combination of speed and power in Macau. (Vincent Yu/AP)

Three thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s lopsided unanimous decision win over Brandon Rios for the WBO international welterweight title in Macau:

Pacquiao is back. In the aftermath of a horrifying knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December, questions about whether Pacquaio would be the same fighter lingered. But while Pacquiao is not the same human wrecking ball he was through 2009, he proved against Rios that, at 34, he still has plenty left. Boxing brilliantly, Pacquiao moved in, out and around Rios, peppering him with combinations, bruising his face with thudding power shots. It was an easy fight to score — evidenced by the 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 scorecards — with little controversy.

Rios was selected for this fight for a reason: He’s a tough guy with a television-friendly style who is easy to hit. Pacquiao needed a confidence-rebuilding fight, and he got it against Rios, who, save for a handful of decent punches, was never able to mount much of a threat. The punch stats backed that up: Per CompuBox, Pacquiao landed 281 of 790 (36 percent) while Rios connected on 138 of 502 (27 percent)

Thanks for coming, Brandon. Few expected Rios to beat Pacquiao. But Rios’ unwillingness to go for broke, to chase a knockout when it was clear he was way down late in the fight was disappointing. Rios and his team talked tough before the fight but did little to back it up. He never adjusted to Pacquiao’s speed, and despite his insistence that he wasn’t bothered by Pacquiao’s power, refused to stand and trade shots with him. For a $4 million payday, Rios left little doubt that he is not in Pacquiao’s class, and probably never will be.

Moving on. Let’s get this out of the way right now: A Floyd Mayweather fight isn’t happening. Money and politics scuttled any chance of that fight long ago. Moreover, making that fight right now, after years of frustrating excuses from both sides, would be insulting. Pacquiao has clearly lost a step, clearly isn’t the same fighter who emerged as the best in the world from 2008 to 2010. It would do nothing to settle the dispute of who is the best fighter in this generation.

For Pacquiao (55-5-2), a fifth fight against Marquez is a likely option. Marquez has not committed to continuing his career following a loss to Timothy Bradley, but another career-high payday against Pacquiao would be a nice carrot to lure him back to the ring. For all the talk about Pacquiao-Marquez fatigue, the two have rarely fought a dull round, much less fight, and it guarantees more than one million pay-per-view buys. Putting the fight in Mexico could create a little more spice to matchup.

Rios (31-2) has plenty of options, too. A third fight against Mike Alvarado is inevitable and a matchup against the rugged Ruslan Provodnikov would be a can’t-miss. Expect him to get a softer touch in his next fight to rebuild his confidence after back-to-back losses, then get right back in the ring for a high profile matchup.

– Chris Mannix

  • Published On Nov 24, 2013
  • 34 comments
    MarkPeters
    MarkPeters

    I am not sure but doesn't Mayweather have one more on his record than what people are saying? His girlfriend by KO.

    lignas
    lignas

    Mannix stop making more excuses why Floyd shouldn't fight Manny. Styles makes fight. Floyd isn't the best fighter until he fights PACquioa. What are Floyd's lame built excuses.Lee IgnasReason Floyd don't want to fight Manny Paquioa1.) $100 million isn't enough2.) i don't want to get hit too much3.) I might lose4.) I blame Arum 5.) Pacquioa pays Arum 30% 6.) PAC on PED7.) PAC wants 55% split8.) PAC is cheating9.) I hate south paw10.) PAC is wash up11.) I'm with Showtime NOT HBOSo after PAC dominating win. Floyd doesn't have a credible opponent at 147. Floyd isn't about to fight Martinez. No more excuses Floyd.

    a_evangelista
    a_evangelista

    But if Pacquiao has lost a step, that would make him more attractive to Mayweather.


    MichaelC
    MichaelC

    Manny was guaranteed $18 million for this fight (and probably an additional $10-12 million for PPV revenues). 

    Of course he won't retire with such huge paydays.  I still say that Mayweather will fight Manny ONCE Mayweather loses. It might be a couple years from now but it would easily be a $100 million fight. Sure, the luster would be off but it would be hyped massively and people will buy.

    amarshall54
    amarshall54

    Pacman has fought everybody, and to some extent, so has FM, but the latter certainly wants to maximize the $$ and maintain the undefeated record.  Pacman has fought his nemesis 4 times, 4 times, and got knocked cold for his troubles!  And what did he say?  He said "that's boxing".  And Pacman will probably fight Marquez again.  Yeah, its for the money, but Pacman fights.  Mayweather may well be the best of all-time, but he wouldn't fight Pacquiao when he was at his prime.  Politics aside, Mayweather would not fight.

    Ray1950
    Ray1950

    In all fairness, Chris, I don't believe Rios had enough left in his tank to go for a knockout.  He did well just to stay on his feet.  Expecting someone who took that kind of beating to come out firing on all cylinders in the late rounds is asking a bit too much.

    dandogwood
    dandogwood

    Rios is not very good. But Rios is also not a good person.  Watching Rios get hammered was great. Rios is a bottom feeder.

    ajnaguy
    ajnaguy

    Sure, Chris, Rios was a picked opponent.  But if Mayweather doesn't choose his opponents based on marketability and keeping his perfect record, then I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.  And that's the problem with big-time fighters these days - they can claim by their records to be some of the greatest in history, having fought mostly guys who were not quite there or just past it, or who had to come up or down in weight to meet the demands of the cash cow.  Because it's not about who is best in the ring anymore - it's about who can make the most money.  My admiration goes to guys like Pacquiao who have fought the best AT their best.  Thus, in my personal calculus, Pacquiao > Mayweather by a long margin.  And if they fight and Mayweather wins, guess what?  That opinion doesn't change.

    BokHunter
    BokHunter

    I guess it's Ariza who destroys Brandon Rios. The way Rios fight is not like that, He keeps on chasing not putting his arms on his face. He wants to punch his opponents. Now what happened with his condition? That for Ariza's fault. I were Robert Garcia i should think twice. Fire that guy out otherwise Brandon will go back to the street. 

    plastico
    plastico

    Pacquiao won the fight decisively but I think that he should retire. If he keeps fighting for as much as two more years, somebody will hurt him. I am just saying! On a good note, the following week will be festive and merchants are rolling out good deals for us Sports fans. 

    StacyHutchens
    StacyHutchens

    @a_evangelistaPac lost a step is more attractive to Mayweather?? Y'all know that Pac is 2 years younger than Mayweather right?

    inthepresent
    inthepresent

    @MichaelC 

    all of this is true. 

    the only question is whether or not mayweather will actually lose before he calls it a career. he can choose his fights forever. 

    StacyHutchens
    StacyHutchens

    @amarshall54 You are talking of the same 'nemesis' who was knocked down and could only land 19% (according to compubox punch stats) of his punches against Mayweather....... Just saying.... 

    StacyHutchens
    StacyHutchens

    Looool!! fighting the best at their best?? Like fighting fighting Morales, Barrera and Marquez a combined 10 TIMES when they were at the tail end of their careers and managing to lose twice to these guys........? Yep, He fights them at their best alright.......... Hilarious.... Oh just a last little teaser.... Medgoen Singsurat, Rustico Torrecampo... Know who they are? No? Me neither but apparently they knocked out Manny's a@#  when he was padding his resume fighting nobodies in the Philippines.... Just to help you out, it's called wikipedia. Look up Mayweather and look at all the champions he beat then look up Pac and see the 30 or so fights he had with people you will never hear of again.... Not saying Pac is not a great fighter but if you are gonna knock Floyd at least come with facts... Don't just repeat what some talking head said like most of these people.....

    AnthonyPatterrson
    AnthonyPatterrson

    @ajnaguy I guess you were impressed by pac beating de la hoya (floyd already beat him, and at a proper 154), Mosley (after he already was beaten by floyd), getting KO'd by Marquez ( who floyd dominated), etc. Look, Pac beat another fighter coming off a loss, what a surprise. Pac fought guys coming off losses or one fight before, GTFOH with that BS. He fought cotto one bs fight after he got chopped up by Margarito, Mosley after Floyd already beat him, De la Hoya at a weight drained 148 and on IV, Hatton after Floyd already Ko'd him, he fought Margarito after Mosley already Ko'd him, etc. What the hell are you talking about?

    AnthonyPatterrson
    AnthonyPatterrson

    @ajnaguy I guess you were impressed by pac beating de la hoya (floyd already beat him, and at a proper 154), Mosley (after he already was beaten by floyd), getting KO'd by Marquez ( who floyd dominated), etc. Look, Pac beat another fighter coming off a loss, what a surprise. Pac fought guys coming off losses or one fight before, GTFOH with that BS. He fought cotto one bs fight after he got chopped up by Margarito, Mosley after Floyd already beat him, De la Hoya at a weight drained 148 and on IV, Hatton after Floyd already Ko'd him, etc. What the hell are you talking about?

    edmundyyartey
    edmundyyartey

    @ajnaguy Yes Sir, I couldn't agree with you more.This 'claim' to be undefeated @ 45 - 0 is like an insult if not so infantile.Look Mayweather considers himself the best with this stat at his age.Before Chavez Snr fought and stopped Meldrick Taylor over fifteen rounds he was 66 - 0 and younger than 36 yr old.What is also significant was that two of his 66 victims were FLOYD's father and his UNCLE ROGER. Then he went on to fight almost as many times as this ring-runner claims to have fought.in these recent times when there are so many titles and champions. You are right Sir it is about WHO CAN BE HIGHLY MARKETTED. When boxing had just about WBA and WBC belts, you had to be VERY, VERY VERY goog to win and keep your belt for obvious reasons. Right now there is no appeal in staging a Pacman - Mayweather fight even for an EXHIBITION.

    WilliamCross
    WilliamCross

    Yeah? Well my personal long division comes out the exact opposite. And pacquiao didn't fight the best, Floyd is the best, and it was clear: take the drug test, prove you aren't juicing, get paid. Your fighter refused. And now one guy is still undefeated, and one guy is a punch drunk politician who's in China when his constituents are dying. So, chump fighter, chump human being.

    MikeLamares
    MikeLamares

    @BokHunter  Agree and Rios was slow and he became slower on this fight or maybe Manny made him look really slow. Another thing Manny did not have any cramping this time. Ariza's method is really questionable!

    AndreaCalavera
    AndreaCalavera

    @StacyHutchens Saddly you missed the point. It's not about who defeated who. It's about fighting someone even if you know there is a big chance that you might loose. PAC knew Marquez is dangerous and has the advantage over him style-wise, but fought him 4 times. That's willingness right there.

    HEINZ
    HEINZ

    @StacyHutchens Pacquiao started his professional career at a young age and did loose t the names you mentioned while Mayweather started his young boxing career as an amateur boxer and and has 6 losses on his record to guys like,  Noureddine MedjihoudAugie SanchezSerafim Todorov to name a few which makes your argument invalid. http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Floyd_Mayweather_Jr. 

    My heart is for Pacman but I think Floyd has the superior skills and will most likely win this fight but until Mayweather accepts the fight, he will be branded as a ducker.

    TrojSwiss
    TrojSwiss

    @StacyHutchens then why floyd never runs out of excuses to fight pacman? he keeps whooping pacman a.ss with his mouth. all you said is true about floyd except he keeps ducking pacman, Pacquiao you're next my sweet a.ss

    TrojSwiss
    TrojSwiss

    @AnthonyPatterrson @ajnaguy floyd fought cotto after pacman mauled him. floyd fought bloated marquez and cheat him by 2pounds after pacman knocked him down 3 times in one round what the hell are you talking about?


    TrojSwiss
    TrojSwiss

    @AnthonyPatterrson @ajnaguy so what is your floyd waiting for? he wants to fight everybody except pacman. you remember floyd saying manny you;re next a few months back any update?

    JackCole
    JackCole

    @WilliamCross If anything else those constituents needed Pacman's victory more than Pacman himself. I bet seeing Rios get beaten soundly by Pacman gave those disaster victims in the Philippines a good reason to smile and a lighter heart to face the challenge of rebuilding.

    edmundyyartey
    edmundyyartey

    @WilliamCross YOU  Sir sound like you were introduced to boxing by your idol. It is not surprising you are at the opposite end.The drug issue you raised was one that started the chain of EXCUSES your man offered to avoid the contest. Literally he BELIEVED the Pacman,s performance was so astounding it could'n't be natural. FLOYD jnr was AFRAID of Pacquiao at the time. Both guys were in their prime..Pacquiao said on TV that Floyd Mayweather Jnr was afraid of him and I never heard any response from your man. But with your kind of followers it is hardly a surprise to see any such dignity in Floyd.. And to cap your wits off, you want Pacquiao to abandon the Rios fight to go back home and perhaps RESURRECT the dead victims of that natural disaster?

    StacyHutchens
    StacyHutchens

    @AndreaCalavera Oh... Is that the same reason Pac fought Barera and Morales 3 times each when their careers were on the tail end??? How is fighting the same guys over and over and over again a show of willingness??? Even in that vein Mayweather gave Castillo a rematch when some questioned the outcome of the first fight but unlike Pac he beat Castillo so thoroughly that a third match was not even considered. Castillo himself would have turned it down.

    Pac earned 18 million to fight Rios. Last year Mayweather offered him a guaranteed 30 million and Pac turned it down........ Willingness my a$!!

    JesseMgala
    JesseMgala

    @Michael50:If Pacquiao was on PED, Alex Ariza would have spat it out by now since he was fired by Roach. Ariza was Pacquiao's conditioner for over 5 yrs since before Rios fight. That would be a better leverage than kicking  Roach on his chest.

    Michael50
    Michael50

    @edmundyyartey @WilliamCross I'm sorry, but if you are not using PEDs, then why would you refuse to take the test? I don't care what Mayweather believed, that rings of guilt to me. If you have nothing to hide, then welcome transparency.