Manny Pacquiao has come back! The “PacMan” defeated Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios by a unanimous decision with score cards of the judges all in favor of the now WBO International Welterweight champion as the two boxers belted out in the four square of CotaiArena of The Venetian Macao, on the Cotai Strip, in Macau.
Despite his age, the 34-year old boxer from GenSan proved once more that he’s time in the ring is not yet over as he toppled his 27-year old opponent on the Pacquiao Vs. Rios Fight As One match in November 24. “This is not about my comeback,” he said during the post-fight interview. “This is about my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy.”
“I’m so happy,” Pacquiao shared. “Because my time is not over.”
Pacquiao‘s victory is crucial to all Filipinos watching. Everyone knows that the Philippines was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda and Manny winning the match is a big boost for the country. Now, the children of Tacloban can mimic Manny’s moves and play shadow boxing amidst the rubble brought by Yolanda.
As expected, the clock seems to stop its ticking as Manny steps on the ring. Both fighters appeared in good condition as the fight started around noon time. Brandon was in tip-top shape but Manny was much better. The match ended on Round 12 and declared Manny as winner. The judges scored the fight 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.
Manny dedicates his victory to his countrymen and those who perished during the typhoon known with its international name, Haiyan. Speculations across the web attribute his victory to his embracing back to the Catholic religion.
Rios immediately accepted defeat as soon as the match was finished.
The live match was seen as it happens from Macau inside Solaire Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort & Casino located at Aseana Ave, Parañaque City.
American Idol Jessica Sanchez, runner-up on the eleventh season, sang both the Star Spangled Banner and Lupang Hinirang National Anthems.
Rios sustained left and right cuts above the eyes while it bled on Round 11.
Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee, who is 5 months pregnant and her sisters were among the crowds inside The Venetian Macao. Mommy Dionisia, mother of Pacquiao was also in full support of her son.
International celebrities David Beckham and Paris Hilton were also seen rooting for Manny. Miguel Cotto, whom Manny defeated in 2009 watched the two fighters from the ringside.
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