Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios Results: Round-by-Round Analysis and Recap
It's all over in Macau, China, and Manny Pacquiao has returned to the winning column with a one-sided unanimous-decision victory over Brandon Rios.
I had Pacquiao winning every round of the fight, though the official cards were 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. By the end of the fight Rios' face was badly swollen around the eyes.
Just as many had predicted, Rios provided the perfect opponent to make Pacquiao look good. Rios showed great heart and attempted to stick to his game plan and fight smart. But ultimately Pacquiao was simply took quick and skilled.
There will be some commenting in the coming days about the fact that Pacquiao was unable to finish Rios. Pacquiao has now gone more than four years without a stoppage. His last came against Miguel Cotto in 2009.
But in the end, Pacquiao performed well in a one-sided fight against a former world champion. He demonstrated that he remains near the top of boxing's food chain.
Round 1: Pacquiao's Speed Troubles Rios
Brandon Rios looked surpsingly cautious in the early part of the round, clearly troubled by Manny Pacquiao's speed. Rios tried to set up the jab while Pacquiao feinted and looked to find the range with his straight left.
Pacquiao began to find home with the left to both the body and upstairs. Rios showed good toughness, but Pacquiao's speed and timing were clearly a next-level problem for him.
Pacquiao landed his best left hand of the round inside the closing 30 seconds.
Round 2: Rios Stays in the Pocket, Pacquiao Looks Sharp
Brandon Rios attempted to apply smart pressure, hanging out in the pocket and going after Pacquiao's body. But again, Pacquiao's speed and ability to change angles made it a tough round for Rios.
Rios had his moments, but he's just trying to hang in and pile up scoring for later at this point.
Round 3: Rios Keeps Coming
Brandon Rios continued to fight an intelligent fight by applying smart pressure and not chasing Pacquiao.
Pacquiao used more movement in this round, but stood and traded when necessary and mostly got the better of the exchanges. Rios is did some things he would need to do to win but Pacquiao still won the round over all.
Round 4: Pacquiao's Movement Continues to Be the Story
Manny Pacquiao continued to use tricky movement to hit and run on Rios. At times he had Rios turning and spinning after him, setting him up for repeated scoring shots.
Rios probably needed to go after the body more and remain patient. In this round he continued to handle Pacquiao's power, but the scoring difference had begun to pile up.
Round 5: The Pac Show Is Back
This was Pacquiao's best round of the fight so far. He avoided almost everything Rios threw. He was able to dart in and out of range and land heavily on Rios.
Pacquiao landed a monster left hand inside the first minute. Rios smiled and stuck out his tongue, but the punch was a thudding blow. Several more heavy punches landed for Pacquiao in the round. Overall he landed 22 of 40 punches.
Round 6: Rios Bloodied
Brandon Rios showed signs that he might be getting ready to sell out and go for the knockout. Pacquiao scored a hard shot inside the last 30 seconds.
Rios continued to fall farther and farther behind. I had yet to score a round for him. Rios kept trying to stay patient and cut off the ring but he was getting walked into punches with regularity. When Pacquiao stood and traded he out landed him.
Round 7: Pacman Toying with Rios
Brandon Rios continued to try to keep the pressure on, but the effort began to appear increasingly hopeless.
Pacquiao was getting all the space he wanted, when he wanted it, and it allowed him to land on Rios with unanswered punishment. Rios looked like he was still in the fight but there was no way he was going to have a chance to win without Pacquiao making a serious mistake.
Round 8: Pacquiao Picks His Shots
The Pace in this round slowed a bit as Pacquiao looked to concentrate on Rios' eyes, which were both beginning to swell.
Rios is showed no sign of slowing down, but he just wasn't able to let his hands go. He appeared to have little chance left at this point.
Round 9: Rios Keeps Coming but Pacquiao Keeps Landing
Brandon Rios showed a lot of heart as he continued to pressure Pacquiao and attempt to trap him. But the story of the fight continued to be Pacquiao's vastly superior boxing.
Pacquiao was able to move back out of range with no trouble then circle and land scoring shots. Rios had actually landed at 45 percent through this point in the fight, only a percent lower than Pacquiao's 46.
But Pacquiao had thrown over a hundred more punches in the fight. Rios just couldn't throw enough punches to win.
Round 10: Pacquiao Cruises into the Championship Rounds
Manny Pacquiao continued to control distance and the angles of the exchanges as the championship rounds began. Brandon Rios' eyes were swollen and he was having more and more trouble landing.
Rios continued to make a brave performance in this fight, but the work kept getting easier for Pacquiao.
Round 11: Rios Tries to Dial in for One Last Big Shot
Manny Pacquiao looked content to cruise home to victory in this round and Brandon Rios was able to score a couple of his best shots of the fight. Between rounds Freddie Roach reminded Pacquiao not to let Rios come forward.
Rios had taken a beaten but entered the final round looking like an underdog still drawing breath.
Pacquiao still probably deserved to win the round.
Round 12: Pacquiao Completes the Shutout
Desperately in need of a knockout to win in the final round, Brandon Rios continued to find himself completely unable to get in position to land a big punch.
Manny Pacquiao continued to make it impossible for Rios to get any forward momentum in the final round and once more scored with heavy, thudding shots upstairs.
Rios made it to the final bell with a smile on his face, but he was busted up badly.