Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a punch on Brandon Rios (R) of the U.S. during their World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International 12-round welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
MANILA, Philippines – Nearly a year after getting knocked out, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao showed that he still has what it takes to beat younger and tougher foes.
The 34-year-old proved it against Mexican-American Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, displaying superb conditioning, lighting-fast reflexes and incredible hand speed.
Based on HBO punch statistics, the deadly Filipino boxer landed 241 hits to the head and 40 punches to the body for a total of 281 hits.
Rios’ output paled in comparison as the Mexican-American only managed to land 37 head punches and 42 to the body for a total of 132 hits.
Pacquiao’s efforts won him the vacant WBO international welterweight belt.
More significantly, he boosted the country’s morale, which has recently been down due to the destruction brought by super typhoon Yolanda.
The fight was seen as a make-or-break bout for Pacquiao, who lost a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley and was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
Pacquiao now has 55 victories, five losses and two draws.