Coming into this fight, the question that many asked was, “Will Pacquiao ever be the same after the Marquez knockout?” Many out there argued that Pacquiao was done and had nothing to give to the sport anymore. After tonight’s performance, they couldn’t have been more wrong.
From the beginning of the fight, it was evident that Pacquiao’s speed would be the determining factor in this fight. Rios has a chin, and to be honest it’s hard seeing rios getting knocked out, but Manny’s speed was too much for Rios to handle. Unfortunately for Rios, like boxing’s old cliche, “speed kills.” This couldn’t have been more true tonight.
There really isn’t much to analyze in this fight. The entire night belonged to Pacquiao and Rios really didn’t have a chance. Pacquiao’s speed was on point, his combination were effective, supremely accurate, and his footwork was exquisite. It’s amazing that the Pacquiao we saw tonight isn’t the Manny of 2 years ago, yet, he made the fight look easy. Better yet, Rios made it too easy for Pacquiao. The most positive outlook at the end of this fight is that Manny’s era isn’t over.
After tonight, and based on Manny’s possible opponents, aside from Bradley, Mayweather’s name will continue to ring once again. Not trying to beat a dead horse, but what else is there for Pacquiao and Floyd? Skilled wise, Floyd really doesn’t have any opponent with Golden Boy, and neither does Manny with Top Rank. Going by tonight’s undercard, I think it’s at Top Rank best interest to end this promotional “Cold War” and start making fights worth our money.
Til next time,
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez