LIKE A SUPERTYPHOON, PACQUIAO COMEBACK RAVAGING

 “It (the victory) isn’t about my comeback. It symbolizes my people’s comeback,” said a teary-eyed Pacquiao, who will visit Tacloban City—one of the areas hardest hit by Yolanda—soon after his return home on Monday.

ALSO: GenSan townmates welcome Pacquiao victory as gloom-breaker

Though Pacquiao failed to knock out Rios as he had predicted, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said Pacquiao fought the perfect fight and he couldn’t ask for more.

ALSO: Fans wanted KO but still pleased with Pacquiao win

The Philippine Daily Inquirer noticed that the people would cheer louder each time the cameras focused on his mother, Mommy D. Contrary to his past fights, Mommy D. was at the venue of the fight – the Cotal Arena of the Venetian – and watched his son’s bout with Rios. Some fans said they were hoping that Pacquiao would defeat Rios in earlier rounds and were a little bit disappointed that the American boxer lasted 12 rounds.


Like a supertyphoon, Pacquiao comeback ravaging By Roy A. Luarca Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:40 am | Monday, November 25th, 2013


Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, raises his arms while wearing the champion’s belt as he celebrates winning his WBO international welterweight title fight against Brandon Rios of the United States, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Macau. Pacquiao defeated Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday, returning to his winning ways after consecutive losses. AP

MACAU, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 (INQUIRER) Like a supertyphoon, Manny Pacquiao ravaged Brandon Rios on Sunday.

For 12 rounds, Pacquiao relentlessly battered the Mexican-American fighter, heralding his comeback with a lopsided unanimous decision in the headliner of “The Clash in Cotai” at The Venetian Macao.

And when his fury subsided, Pacquiao announced the victory wasn’t about his personal mission as a fighter—his victory was dedicated to his countrymen still reeling from the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on Nov. 8.

“It (the victory) isn’t about my comeback. It symbolizes my people’s comeback,” said a teary-eyed Pacquiao, who will visit Tacloban City—one of the areas hardest hit by Yolanda—soon after his return home on Monday.

Pacquiao, the country’s richest congressman and $18-million richer after Sunday’s welterweight title bout, is certain to inflate the bulging donation coffers for the typhoon victims, but the amount seems hardly important.

What he did against Rios was enough to put smiles back on the faces of the millions of Filipinos who suffered in Yolanda’s wake.

Showing vintage form, Pacquiao hit Rios at will, wobbling his opponent in the sixth round with a three-punch combination, en route to a 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 decision by judges Michael Pernick, Lisa Giampa and Manfred Kuchler, respectively.

The INQUIRER scored it 120-108.

The outcome was never in doubt.

Pacquiao’s speed

In victory, Pacquiao showed compassion, touching gloves with Rios midway in the 12th round, seemingly to signify he would let his opponent, who got overwhelmed by the Filipino’s speed, to finish standing.

The paying crowd of 13,101 fans, majority of whom were Filipinos, applauded both fighters even before the scores were announced. They had been treated to a show by Pacquiao with Rios a willing partner.

Now, the world knows that Pacquiao has put the memory of his devastating one-punch knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December behind him.

His other message is that at 34—turning 35 on Dec. 17—and after 18 years of ring campaign, he’s still the same elite fighter who held crowns in eight weight divisions.

‘We will rise again’

“This is still my time. My time isn’t over,” said Pacquiao, who improved his ring record to 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts. “My journey will continue and we will rise again.”

Despite dominating Rios, Pacquiao gave credit to the iron-chinned former lightweight champion for hurting him in the fifth round and giving him one of his toughest fights ever.

The Compubox statistics reflected how the fight for the World Boxing Organization’s international welterweight belt went—Pacquiao landed 281 of 790 punches for a connection rate of 36 percent while Rios sneaked in 138 of 502 for 27 percent.

‘I couldn’t catch him’

Though Pacquiao failed to knock out Rios as he had predicted, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said Pacquiao fought the perfect fight and he couldn’t ask for more.

“He followed the game plan and executed it well,” said Roach, who lauded Pacquiao for being a workhorse during their six-week training in General Santos City.

Rios, who sustained a bloody cut on the left eyebrow and a lump near his right eye, said Pacquiao’s speed was too much for him to handle.

“He’s very fast. I couldn’t catch him,” Rios said.

Known for his granite chin, Rios claimed Pacquiao never hurt him. It was clear though that like his friend, Antonio Margarito, in 2010, Pacquiao virtually turned him into a punching bag.

Other Filipino winners

With his second straight defeat, Rios fell to 31-2-1, with 22 knockouts, but earned the respect of Pacquiao for his gutsy, albeit futile, stand.

Two other Filipinos—Harmonito Dela Torre and Dan Nazareno Jr.—showed their mettle by disposing of their foreign rivals.

Dela Torre, 19, a rising star from General Santos, knocked out Indonesian Jason Butar-Butar in the third round. Nazareno, 24, stopped Briton Liam Vaughan—with whom he shared sparring duties for Pacquiao—in the second round.

Promoter Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao’s next fight would be on April 12 in Las Vegas against a yet to be named opponent.

Pacquiao’s immense popularity was again highlighted with the crowd cheering whenever his video clips were flashed on the hanging giant screens.

His pregnant wife Jinkee and mother Dionisia were around to provide moral support.

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada also watched the 10-bout card, along with football icon David Beckham and international celebrity Paris Hilton.

Relentless fists

The Filipinos’ newfound unity and their patriotism were also evident as they joined “American Idol” sensation Jessica Sanchez in singing the latter part of the national anthem “Lupang Hinirang.”

Filipino visitors, many of whom work in this gambling haven or in nearby Hong Kong, crowded the hotel lobbies, hoping to catch a glimpse of Pacquiao, their national treasure.

They left wearing smiles on their faces.

For them and for the millions back home who suffered in the wake of Yolanda’s fury, the fight seemed like a happy break.

GenSan townmates welcome Pacquiao victory as gloom-breaker By Aquiles Zonio, Nico Alconaba Inquirer Mindanao 6:12 pm | Sunday, November 24th, 2013


For a few hours on Sunday, Tacloban City residents forgot their woes from Super Typhoon Yolanda as they queued to get a chance to watch a live telecast of boxing hero and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao's bout vs Brandon Rios in Macau on Nov. 24, 2013. PHOTO FROM GMA News


GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao’s victory in Macau was welcomed by his townmates in this city as an event that broke the gloom from the past three calamities that hit the country.

Businessman and boxing enthusiast Rey Golingan described the pugilist-cum-lawmaker’s victory in Macau as “spirit lifting.”

“We were hit by a triple whammy – the Zamboanga siege, the Bohol quake and typhoon Yolanda – but because of his win, we managed to cheer once again,” Golingan told the Inquirer.

Pacquiao’s townmates also went to every establishment showing pay-per-view broadcast of the fight and those treated with free viewing by the city government at the city’s oval covered court clasped their hands in joy as Pacquiao baffled Rios with his speed.

The 3,000-capacity covered court was filled up that many people had to stand up just to be able to watch the fight on a large TV screen.

“Our idol and hero is back,” those in the covered court chanted in unison as the Pacman pummeled Rios.

As in Pacquiao’s previous fights, the streets of the city were almost empty as people converged in malls, restaurants, movie houses, and even coffee shops to watch the fight.

Vice Mayor Shirly Nograles said she could not thank Pacquiao enough for making his countrymen happy amid the sorrow that Yolanda had brought.

In Davao City, hundreds of people who gathered to see the free live telecast at the village gym in SIR Phase II in Matina district, cheered when Pacquiao kneeled at his corner to pray before the bout started.

It was an act he had not done in his past several fights, especially those he was defeated in.

Several fans across the country had described Pacquiao’s defeats as the product of his conversion to the Born-Again movement. They pointed out that he rarely lost when he started the fight with a prayer on his knees.

Unlike in his past fights, the people watching Pacquiao’s fight at the SIR gym were more composed.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer noticed that the people would cheer louder each time the cameras focused on his mother, Mommy D.

Contrary to his past fights, Mommy D. was at the venue of the fight – the Cotal Arena of the Venetian – and watched his son’s bout with Rios.

Some fans said they were hoping that Pacquiao would defeat Rios in earlier rounds and were a little bit disappointed that the American boxer lasted 12 rounds.

Back in General Santos City, Vice Mayor Nograles said the city government has started preparing a hero’s welcome for Pacquiao.

“Definitely there will be a hero’s welcome. We will discuss the details of it,” she said.

Fans wanted KO but still pleased with Pacquiao win By Celest R. Flores INQUIRER.net 8:46 pm | Sunday, November 24th, 2013


VIDEO URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGZ9DFTTdOU#t=19

MANILA, Philippines – While the fight didn’t end up with Brandon Rios slumped on the canvas as what his fans had wanted, Manny Pacquiao was still able to chalk up as good a comeback as any.

The Filipino boxing legend turned his opponent into something that the Mexican-American swore, repeatedly in this training camp, that we has not a mere punching bag.

“He was great, he really fought well,” said William Rikh, an Australian who has been residing in the country for six years. “He’s known to be quick and fast on his feet and he didn’t disappoint us.”

“‏He’s maybe not as explosive as he was before but he’s still pretty good!” @rvener tweeted after the fight.

“He showed he hasn’t lost step,” also said @SamOberes on Twitter.

Through 12 rounds, a cunning Pacquiao peppered the younger yet bigger Rios with combinations of punches in blurring speed. Midway into the fight, Rios’ face has swollen up while Pacquiao still looked like he had just stepped into the ring.

But fans were looking for a resounding knockout, but Manny Pacquiao — it turned out — was not.

Because the last time Pacquiao went for it, he was at the receiving end – sprawled motionless on the floor with his face down and his arms bent awkwardly.

He, admittedly, held back “a little” from finishing Rios off in the latter stages of the fight.

“It’s the last round, I don’t want to get careless, so I back off a little. Boxing is not about killing people,” Pacquiao said in the post-fight press conference, as posted by Top Rank Boxing.

Some of the spectators understood that move from Pacquiao.

“Rios was on the defensive mode all through out the fight. Last few rounds of the fight, we saw that Manny was pitying his opponent already,” John Gomez, who watched the fight in Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro in Makati said.

“We saw today a wiser Pacman, learned his lessons well in the pass. Still unpredictable,” @JdLCruz41 on twitter.

“He had no intentions of knocking out Rios, just played it smart,” @abbiedoobydoo echoed.


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