November 24th, 2013 By Pedro FernandezIN CHARGE FROM THE REFEREE’S INSTRUCTIONS FORWARD
San Francisco, CA- In the minds of many, Manny Pacquiao was the unbeatable boxer. He couldn’t lose, certainly not to hand picked Tim Bradley on points, and then by KO to Juan Manuel Marquez, but he did. That being said, Manny Pacquiao, in his first fight since Marquez looked stellar in the opening round against Brandon Rios.
PACQUIAO NEVER “LOST MOMENTUM”
The second stanza went to Pacquiao as the Filipino out landed Rios 4 or 5-1. Looking to work Pacquiao’s body, Rios did so with very limited success. With his “money” punch, the southpaw’s left cross was landing at will and dominated the session.
MANNY STARTED “BANKING” ROUNDS
The third was no different as Pacquiao simply kicked Brandon’s ass from bell to bell. The fourth, Rios had a five-punch body salvo interrupted by a Pacquiao assault, coupled with good footwork, fast hands, and an array of punches. When Rios had Pac in range, Pacquiao simply used his superior talent to befuddle the bigger Rios.
THE “MONEY PUNCH” RETURNS
Things never changed, not the direction in which the fight was going, round after round, Pacquiao was nailing Rios time and again with that “money” punch, surrounded by jabs, hooks upstairs and down (body). After six frames, Pacquiao is pitching an easy shutout.
YOUNG AMERICAN LION SLAIN BY MASTER FILIPINO
Rios had no answer for anything as Pac was doing whatever he wanted, like Manny was working out with a heavy bag, not a once beaten professional. Approaching round ten, it was 9-zip Pacquiao and it didn’t change in any of the following rounds. Scores were 120-108 on my card and 120-108, 119-109 & 118-110 officially. Pacman (54-5-2, 38 KOs) is now looking for a beat down by Floyd Mayweather. Rios declines to 31-2, 22 KOs. According to the ringside bean counters, Rios landed 113 “power” shits. That’s about 108 more than what I saw.
BILLY DIBB IS HALTED
Australian Billy Dibb (36-3, 21 KOs) came into this rematch with the man that took the IBF 126 lb. belt, Russia’s Evgeny Gratovich (18-0, 9 KOs) determined to right the wrong. Instead Gratovich knocked him down in round six, and then continued to hammer Dibb until the fight was stopped in round nine at 1:36 by the referee. Gratovich “owned” Dibb.
CHINESE OLYMPIC KING WINS EASY
Two-time Olympic champ Zou Shmig (3-0, 0 KOs) of China remained unbeaten in by besting Mexico’s Juan Tozcano (4-1, 1 KO) on points. Scores were 60-54 twice & 60-52 across the board. Can’t punch, Freddie Roach trained, Zou’s not going to be “upper echelon” in this lifetime.
“TWO TON” TONY GALENTO RETURNS IN 2014
Andy Ruiz Jr., all 257 lbs. of him, is supposed to have a lot of potential, as well as flab, got off to a slow start before coming on and forcing Tor Hamar (22-3-14 KOs) to not come out for round four. Ruiz, down from 297 lbs., now 21-0, 15 KOs, is still too fat for his own good
PUERTO RICAN HAS SOME ABILITY
Unbeaten 130 LB. Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo (9-0, 6 KOs) shutout a Thai guy at 134, whose name is so hard to say that we will just call him Thai guy #1 on the radio.