Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao traveled all the way to Macau, China on his quest for redemption after suffering two consecutive losses, and he left with a win under his belt and a belt around his waist as he defeated Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios via unanimous decision for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title.
The 34-year-old Pacquiao may no longer be in the prime of his career, but he proved against Rios that he is still capable of competing at a very high level. This was pretty much a must-win fight from Pacquiao’s perspective since another loss would have damaged his credibility significantly, and he came through in a big way when he needed to most.
If you don’t have 11 minutes to watch this entire video of rival boxing camps nearly getting into a fight, then here it is in a nutshell: Manny Pacquiao is facing Brandon Rios this weekend in a match struggling to get the spotlight because Pacquiao missed his window to fight Mayweather, then got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquaio’s trainer, Freddie Roach, got his panties in a bunch when Rios camp was going past their allotted gym time, so he popped off. Roach, who was significantly outnumbered, continued to mouth off, and then he got kicked in the chest by one guy. Lots of words and slurs were exchanged. Punches were nearly thrown. Roach’s friends wisely got him out of there before he got hurt.
Drama sells! The fight is Saturday night on HBO PPV.
Australian boxer Jason Cooper turned 22 a few days ago and he got quite the birthday present. Cooper earned his 8th career win with a vicious uppercut knockout of Yusuke Iju. Watch as lju’s head just snaps back as the power of Cooper ( a bantamweight fighter) is devastating.
Gennady Golovkin improved to 28-0 Saturday night with a eighth-round TKO of Curtis Stevens at Madison Square Garden. The WBA and IBO Middleweight Champion made quick work of Stevens, bombing him with punches throughout the eight rounds before the fight was stopped.
The highlight came in the second round when the 31-year-old Kazakh knocked Stevens to the canvass, producing a hilarious stunned look on Stevens’ face. This photo from USA Today Sports Images is great, but pales in comparison to the immediate reaction the video produces.