Why Pacquiao didn't knockout Rios

Posted at 11/24/2013 3:48 PM | Updated as of 11/25/2013 1:48 AM
Manny Pacquiao fights Brandon Rios during their WBO International 12-round welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian hotel in Macau. Photo by Tyrone Siu, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino pride Manny Pacquiao marveled at Brandon Rios’ ability to take his punches throughout their 12-round bout in Macau.

Pacquiao, who is known for his blinding speed and heavy hands, landed a total of 281 punches against Rios -- or more than double the Mexican-American’s output.

But Rios has a world-class chin and was able to withstand Pacquiao’s assault.

“He is one of the toughest opponents in my career. He took a lot of punches, the right hands, the left hands, but he is still standing,” the Filipino told fight commentator Larry Merchant during the post-fight interview.

Nevertheless, Pacquiao took home the win, owing to his superior boxing skills.

The fleet-footed Filipino bobbed, weaved and circled around the slower Rios, who managed to land only 138 of his 502 punches on Pacquiao.

Pacquiao also admitted that he took a more cautious approach, which was why he wasn’t chasing a knockout victory over Rios.

He cited his defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez 11 months ago, which he said taught him to become more patient.

“I learned in the last fight… If the knockout comes it will come. I'm very careful laying out punches and counterpunch, that what I did in this fight,” Pacquiao said.

With the Rios fight now behind him, the fighting congressman will have time to visit the typhoon survivors in Tacloban, to whom he dedicated his latest win.

“Thank you for all the support, my fellow countrymen. And to the people affected by the typhoon, I will see you there. I love you so much,” he said.