Manny Pacquiao registered a decisive, unanimous decision win against American Brandon Rios.
Pacquiao clinched the vacant WBO International welterweight title in Macau on November 24.
The eight-weight world champion has outclassed American challenger in the 12-round.
The three judges scoring in favor of the Filipino superstar 120-108 119-109 118-110.
He was dominant throughout, showing vastly greater hand speed than his opponent and landing blistering combinations that left Rios’ right eye swollen and his left eye bleeding.
Pacquiao’s most recent contests were a controversial points loss to Timothy Bradley in June 2012, and a sixth-round knockout at the hands of Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in December.
The Filipino champion had lost his last two fights but took the 12-round contest to Rios from the first bell, connecting with lightning combinations to the body and head.
Rios was on the canvas following a body shot in the first round, but the referee ruled no knockdown because the former lightweight world champion had slipped.
Rios proved durable, but Pacquiao gave him an all-over workout and a boxing lesson in the American’s debut at welterweight.
Pacquiao is Filipino congressman, was recently ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda and was understandably emotional afterwards.
That is not about his comeback, he said in the ring immediately after the verdict.
That is about his people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy, he added.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach had said he would tell his charge to retire should he lose to Rios.
Now Pacquiao will look for a potential rematch with Mexican arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked Pac-Man’ out in their fourth meeting last December.
Pacquiao was so happy because his time is not yet over.
Eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao has outclassed American challenger Brandon Rios in the 12-round.
The three judges scoring in favour of the Filipino superstar 120-108 119-109 118-110.
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