*(Via Fox Sports) – Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday in a victory the Philippine lawmaker dedicated to the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Back in the ring for the first time in almost a year, Pacquiao wore Rios down with his trademark combinations and won 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 on the scorecards at The Venetian casino in Macau to grab the WBO international welterweight title.
It was an emotional victory for Pacquiao as his country struggles to recover from the devastating typhoon that killed thousands.
“This is not about my comeback,” Pacquiao said in the ring. “My victory is a symbol of my people’s comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy.”
Pacquiao got the better of the opening two rounds, sending Rios to the canvas in the opening frame, although the referee ruled it a slip rather than a knockdown.
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