One-time feared fighter Manny Pacquiao is once again atop the boxing world after winning a big fight Saturday (November 23) night against Brandon Rios.
After a strong 12 rounds, Manny proved his boxing days were far from over.
The celestial boxing career of Manny Pacquiao rumbled out of a lull Sunday morning. Some 350 days after going face-down in a shocking knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao returned to the ring to render a foe overmatched. From the get-go inside the wildly pro-Pacquiao Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in this Chinese protectorate, Pacquiao looked the superior athlete on the way to a doubtless 12-round unanimous decision against the Mexican-American Brandon Rios. (USA Today)
Pac Man also downplayed the perception of the win representing a “comeback” and shouted out his countrymen.
“This is not about my comeback,” Pacquiao, a congressman from the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, said. “My victory is a symbol of my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy.” While Pacquiao might not have resembled the force of late last decade, he did show abundant flurries of his compelling speed, both in landing punches on Rios’ durable chin and often in eluding Rios when Rios came hunting. (USA Today)
Over the summer, Manny said he wanted to prove he could rumble with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr..
During a recent interview with ANC, the English news channel of Filipino TV station ABS-CBN, Manny Pacquiao called Floyd Mayweather Jr. “cocky, boastful,” and claimed that Juan Manuel Marquez landed a “lucky punch” during their fight in December. “For us, Mayweather is cocky, boastful,” said Pacquiao, who turns 35 in December and whose differences with Mayweather over random drug testing contributed to failed negotiations for a megabout between the two. “I can prove to him I can still win. I lost to Marquez but it’s just a lucky punch, just part of the game. I was not dominated. If he wants to fight, let’s fight.” (Ring TV)
A few days prior, Floyd revealed what it would take for him to cave into Pacquiao’s desire to fight.
“Everybody’s like, ‘Aw, Pacquiao,’ but I’m just letting you know he’s not getting a fight with me,” Mayweather said. “The only way he’s getting the fight with me is if he signs with Mayweather Promotions. He’s got to give me fights with Mayweather Promotions. If he don’t give me no fights under Mayweather Promotions, then he’s not getting the fight. That’s how it is working now, because the ball is in my court. The ball has been in my court. I have been the A side.” (Yahoo Sports)