23rd November 2013
It looked like the Manny Pacquiao of old as the Filipino legend took a wide unanimous decision over the hardworking but toothless Brandon Rios. Pacquiao's win was characterised by his fantastic movement around the ring and blistering hand speed.
Pacquiao enjoyed the most of a cagey opening round, and sent the Cotai Arena crowd into a frenzy when it looked like he'd scored a first round knockdown which was correctly ruled as a slip.
In the second, Pacquiao asserted his control on the fight and really stepped up through the gears in the final minute of the round to make life uncomfortable for the American Rios.
It was more of the same in the third as Pacquiao's let his quick hands fire a series of stinging combos into Rios. The 27-year-old American did well to stick in the rounds and occasionally return fire, but Rios couldn't land any meaninfgul shots of his own to counter.
The Filipino legend, who dedicated the fight to his countrymen affected by typhoon Haiyan, showed no signs of slowing down in the fourth round. He continued his swift movement around the ring while banging in some fierce combos with his quick hands.
Rios weathered a storm in the fifth after Pacquiao caught him flush with a rocket of a straight left hand early in the round. It was becoming clear that the Filipino's movement around the ring was the key to his success, as Rios simply couldn't get near him to land any punches.
Pacquiao looked like he was returning to his scintilating best in the sixth as his speed and movement around the ring was too much for Rios. The American fighter suffered a nasty cut to his eye as well as taking more heavy punishment from the former pound-for-pound king Pacquiao.
Round seven saw Pacquiao continue his relentless assault on Rios as he put more trademark combinations together as the American continued to walk forward into Pacman's fire.
The local favourite settled in and coasted through the final five rounds, content to pick Rios off and elude any punishment. Rios barely landed a punch of note during a one-sided 36 minutes, after which Pacquiao was awarded all three scorecards 120-108, 119-109, 118-110.
Former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (left) faces one of the most important fights of his career against power puncher Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios (right) as BoxNation returns to Macau.
The Filipino legend suffered a torrid 2012 with defeats against Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez threatening to blemish his previously fantastic fight record. A third consecutive defeat could spell the end for the 34-year-old eight division world champion turned politician.
American 27-year-old Rios, too, is looking to recover from a defeat; the first of his career. Last March, he suffered a unanimous decision defeat against Mike Alvarado, but knows that a headline-grabbing win and move to 32-1 would put his career back on track.
23rd November 2013
Evgeny Gradovich defeated Billy Dib for the second time in 2013 as he retained his IBF World Featherweight title after an entertaining bout.
Dib (left) started well and showed good early aggression, but didn't have the power on his shots to really trouble the resolve of the Russian titlist.
And as we moved into the middle rounds, Gradovich showed his strength as he scored a knockdown in the sixth before ending the fight in the ninth as Dib looked a beaten man.
Billy Dib gets a second shot at Evgeny Gradovich and reclaiming his IBF World Featherweight title after his split decision defeat last March.
23rd November 2013
Andy Ruiz Junior won the vacant NABF Heavyweight title and defended his WBO Intercontinental strap as he outgunned Tor Hamer.
Hamer didn't come back for the fourth round after soaking up some heavy punishment in the third from the unbeaten prospect Ruiz.
Monstrous Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz Junior is set to defend his WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title for the very first time against America's former Prizefighter winner Tor Hamer.