MACAU – Manny Pacquiao’s greatness isn’t over yet. His overwhelming victory over Brandon Rios is concrete proof of it.
The Filipino southpaw silenced critics who claim he’s already over the hill with his emphatic win over a tough fighting opponent seven years younger than him.
Pacquiao won the 12-round welterweight bout by lopsided decision, with Rios—surprisingly—winning just three rounds in the scorecards of the three judges.
“I told them this is not my time yet. My journey will continue,” said the Fighter of the Decade, at the post-fight press conference held at the main ballroom hall of the Venetian Hotel here.
Calls for Pacquiao to finally leave the sport that has been good to him mounted last year when he lost two straight fights for the first time in his career.
The last of that pair of setbacks was a shocking one, as the eight-time world champion was knocked out cold by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in the fourth episode of their long-storied rivalry.
But Pacquiao quickly dismissed the notion by putting a show reminiscent of the old, exciting Pacman the world has come to know.
“Before the fight I already said I will be like the old Manny Pacquiao and I think I showed that tonight,” he stressed.
For the full story, read Spin. ph: Pacquiao feels he has done enough to prove he’s not yet over the hill