Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios Results: Play-by-Play & Live Updates

Nov 23, 2013

Who doesn’t love a good fight?

Never a fan of limitations and labels, Sherdog.com staff and editors are pleased to reveal that their love for a good scrap is not limited to those that throw leather in a cage.

With that said, longtime Sherdog.com contributor and Las Vegas-based boxing writer Mike Sloan will provide round-by-round action of Saturday’s highly-anticipated Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios fight live from Macao.

Sloan will be joined by respected boxing personality Gary Randall from Ring Magazine Online and House of Boxing fame as well as Sherdog.com Managing Editor Mike Fridley in scoring all of the action.

In addition to in-depth round-by-round updates of the main event, Sloan will also blog live results of the bill’s four-bout undercard in short format.

Sherdog.com sister site CraveOnline.com has a free live stream of the event's red carpet arrivals and the untelevised undercard. Tune in at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT for the festivities.

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Untelevised Undercard Fights

In the opening bout of the evening, young super featherweight prospect Harmonito Dela Torre kept his pro record unblemished with a third round TKO over Jason Butar-Butar (15-12-1, 11 KOs). The official time of the stoppage came at the 1:23 mark, giving Dela Torre (11-0) his sixth career knockout.

Lightweight prospect Ik Yang had a tougher-than-expected battle with Indonesian Hero Tito, but the Chinese-born South Korean fighter walked way with a majority decision. Yang (13-0, 9 KOs) was aggressive throughout and landed dozens of stinging punches to the face and punishing hooks to the body, but Tito (7-2, 3 KOs) was game throughout the contest and returned fire when he could. In the end, Yang was awarded the victory via tallies of 57-57, 60-54 and 59-55; Mike Sloan also had it for Yang 59-55.

Local junior middleweight Kuok Kun Ng easily won his second pro fight by drubbing You-Jie Zeng (4-5, 4 KOs) over four rounds. Ng was too fast and far too accurate for the Thai fighter to handle and by the time the fight was over, Zeng was barely standing due to abuse and exhaustion. The three ringside judges all had it 40-36 for Ng (2-0), as did Sherdog.com's Sloan.

Hong Kong’s Rex Tso (8-0, 4 KOs, 2 NC) was impressive in stopping Bangkok’s Susu Sithjadeang (7-4, 2 KOs) in the opening round of their bantamweight showdown. Tso dropped his opponent with a straight right about 30 seconds into the duel and then swarmed him with a barrage of nasty hooks and uppercuts to the head and body. After about 40 unanswered blows, referee Genaro Rodriguez finally stepped in and halted the mugging. The official time of the TKO came at the 2:29 mark.

Flyweights: Zou Shiming vs. Juan Tozcano

The Official Result

Budding Chinese superstar flyweight Zou Shiming was simply far too much for opponent Juan Toscano to handle and coasted to a lopsided unanimous six round decision. Shiming, who captured Olympic gold in both the 2008 and 2012 Games, landed dozens of clean combos throughout the contest, cut the Mexican below the right eye and seemed on the verge of stopping him several times, but referee Genaro Rodriguez allowed Toscano (4-1, 1 KO) to survive until the end. The three ringside judges saw it for Shiming via tallies of 60-54 (twice) and 60-52. Mike Sloan also had it 60-52 for Shiming, who improved to 3-0.

Super Flyweights: Felix Verdejo vs. Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan

The Official Result

2012 Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo (9-0, 6 KOs) was nearly flawless in his dismantling of the rugged Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan to open the main card. Verdejo’s speed, footwork and blistering combos to the head and body gave the Thai lightweight all sorts of problems; it looked like Duanaaymukdahan (8-2, 1 KO) was in slow motion throughout the fight. Still, as badly as Verderjo thrashed his opponent, he couldn’t put him away and wound up coasting to a lopsided unanimous decision via tallies of 60-53 on all three cards. Sherdog.com's Mike Sloan scored it the same: 60-53.

Heavyweights: Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Tor Hamer

The Official Result

Mexican heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz overcame a somewhat shaky start in his fight with Tor Hamer and scored an early-rounds stoppage. Hamer shook Ruiz with a right early in the first frame, but once Ruiz figured out the New Yorker’s attacks, he seized control and never looked back. Ruiz began busting up his foe with rapid combos but even though Hamer (21-3, 14 KOs) wasn’t showing any signs of genuine damage, either he or his corner called it day and opted out of the contest. Ruiz was officially awarded with a TKO at the end of the fourth, improving to 21-0 with 15 KOs.

Featherweights: Evgeny Gradovich vs. Billy Dib

The Official Result

When Evgeny Gradovich and Billy Dib first met inside the ring in March, their battle was one of the best of 2013. Gradovich won a split decision in a back-and-forth duel that could have gone either way. When the rematch was announced to anchor the massive Pacquiao-Rios card, the boxing world rejoiced. However, the featherweights’ second go-around didn’t live up to expectations as Gradovich dominated his Aussie counterpart from start to finish; his victory never in question.

Gradovich wasn’t quite as reckless as he was in their initial meeting and his refined, almost patient approach to the contest seemed to throw Dib off his game. Gradovich landed sneaky counters and pesky combos all fight long and Dib never was able to get himself into any sort of rhythm. The Oxnard-based Russian tore into Dib’s body throughout and when he wasn’t tearing up the ribcage, Gradovich peppered his foe with sharp shots to the head. Gradovich scored a knockdown in the sixth round and even though it seemed more like a stumble than anything, it was a microcosm of what was taking place inside the ropes.

As Dib’s punch output slowed down, Gradovich poured on the offense and eventually forced Dib’s corner to throw in the towel. The official time of the stoppage came at 1:10 of the ninth round. Dib (36-3, 21 KOs) was pinned in a corner and once Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs) unloaded a barrage of powerful shots, his corner jumped onto the ring apron to end the fight.

Main Event: Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios

Round 1

The referee is Genaro Rodriguez for this welterweight showdown. Rios is pacing back and forth impatiently in his corner. Pacquiao is calm. They finally square off and Rios throws a few left jabs. Pacquiao fires a right/right/left, but Rios blocks them. Rios still jabbing, but his jabs aren’t stiff; more range finders than anything. Manny just misses a left hand, but digs a hard right to the body. Rios looks fidgety. Pacquiao is bobbing and weaving but not throwing too many shots. Hard left jab by Pacquiao rocks Rios with just over a minute left. Rios goes down from a right hand but Rodriguez rules it a slip. Pacquiao lands two more left hands and Rios ties him up. Rios jabbing again. Hard left straight by many but Rios blocks it. Hard left hand lands clean by Pacquiao near the bell and Rios smiles at him. The hand speed of Pacquiao is giving Rios all sorts of issues early on.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 2

Rios comes out jabbing, but again it’s more like a pawing/rangy jab. Two hard lefts to the head by Manny, but they are blocked. Another left by Pacquiao. Rios digs two hard uppercuts to the body. Rios fighting in more of a defensive shell early on and it’s working in terms of blocking. Pacquiao fires off a double left to the hand and follows it with a right hook to the body. Rios responds with a left to the head, though it was glancing. Rios is coming forward more now, and seems to be looking to use his weight advantage on him. Manny digs two hard hooks to the body and Rios returns fire with a combo to the head. Rios looks like he’s warming up and getting more relaxed. Rios fires a hard right hand to the head. Pacquiao lands a hard counter straight left hand that got Rios’ attention. Manny follows it up with two more lefts that rock Rios. Pacquiao lands lefts to the head and body before the bell.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 3

Pacquiao comes out throwing a few meager right jabs. Rios is slowly stalking his foe, but he’s not throwing many punches early. Pacquiao is moving very well on his feet and pot-shotting Rios with rights and left, but nothing is overly damaging. Manny is giving Rios many different angles and it seems to be perplexing the Mexican-American. Rios bullies Manny into the blue corner but he’s unable to dish out any real punishment. Pacquiao escapes. Rios is finally more aggressive. Hard right uppercut on the inside by Rios followed by a right cross. Pacquiao answers with a left of his own. Pacquiao moving much more this round. There is a mark near the right eye of Rios late. Very close round.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Rios
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 4

They trade jabs immediately. Rios is following the Filipino all over the ring and he’s having a hard time cutting him off. Good right jab by Pacquiao just before he escapes out the side door. Rios jabs his way in and ties him up and lands a few shots to the head and body until they are separated. Pacquiao is throwing rangy right jabs and moving a lot. Rios simply is stalking him down; neither is landing anything worthwhile yet. Pacquiao is darting from side to side and peppering him with pesky jabs and short left hands. Rios is reaching too much and missing most of his punches. They tie up late and Rios digs to the body. Hard left hand during a clinch by Pacquiao at the bell. Another very close round.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 5

Rios throwing several weak left jabs; none of them landing. Pacquiao is waiting to strike. Manny fires a straight right hand but it misses. Hard left hand by Pacquiao as Rios threw a right hand. It snaps Rios’ head back and he smiles back at his foe. Hard left hooks to the body by Pacquiao followed by an uppercut on the inside. Rios is not throwing many punches at all. Pacquiao has regained complete control of the action. Whenever they get close, Rios clinches, which he is doing now. Rios is fighting more stiff and eats a right and a left. Rios is head hunting and missing most of his shots. Pacquiao moving in and out and side to side. Huge flurry of punches by Pacquiao lands cleanly, but they aren’t at full force. Rios is having a very difficult time in timing Pacquiao’s offense. All Pacquiao.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 6

Rios has a bit of redness around his right eye. Rios still very stiff. Hard straight left hand by Pacquiao that snaps Rios’s head back. Rios looks withered and visibly frustrated. Soft left jab by Rios. Another. Rios is covering up completely whenever Pacquiao throws, negating his countering. Rios is now charging into him and head hunting. Rios digs a hook to the body. Pacquiao backs away and then darts in with a hard left hook to the body. Pacquiao freely throwing and landing a right/left. Rios leaps in with a left hook. Rios lands another shot to the body and Pacquiao complains its low. Rios quickly fires a left to the head. Heard left hand by Pacquiao shakes up Rios. They clinch. Hard left hand by Pacquiao, though it’s not flush. There is now some blood coming from Rios’ mouth. Rios closes the round with a left hook to the head.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

At the halfway point, Gary Randall and Mike Fridley see it 60-54 for Pacquiao. Mike Sloan has it 59-55 for Pacquiao.

Round 7

They trade blows in the center of the ring. Right hook by Pacquiao, though it’s not hard. Pacquiao again darting from side to side. Hard right/left by Pacquiao. Rios misses with a straight right. Rios’ face is now starting to redden and swell all over. Hard right to the body, followed bya right/left to the head by Pacquiao. Rios looks desperate now and lunging with his shots. Nice three-punch combo to the face by Pacquiao. Crisp right/left to the face by Pacquiao. Hard right to the head by Rios but Pacquiao returns the favor. Awesome right to the body/head by Pacquiao. Pacquiao seems to be toying with Rios now, who is starting to fade badly. Nice right hook by Pacquiao lands square on the face. Rios needs to do something to get back into the fight.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 8

Robert Garcia is imploring Rios to throw more punches between rounds. Rios is very flat-footed to start the eighth. Rios backs Pacquiao into the ropes but he doesn’t capitalize at all. Bam-Bam throws three left jabs, but they miss their mark and are soft. Pacquiao throws a three-punch combo to the face. Rios ties up Manny and digs shots to the body. They separate. Hard straight left/right by Pacquiao but Rios blocks it. Hard left hook by Rios clean to the face, but Pacquiao didn’t blink. Rios still fighting out of a defensive shell and not letting his hands go. Pacquiao is dancing around the ring and throwing punches from all angles whenever he wants, though Rios is blocking most of them. Hard left hand by Pacquiao near the bell and Rios just smiles.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 9

Rios is stalking Pacquiao early but not letting his hands go. Straight left by Pacquiao. Another. Stiff right jab by Pacquiao. Beautiful 7-punch combo to the head by Pacquiao. Both of Rios’ eyes are badly swollen now. Hard body shot by Rios. Pacquiao lands three right jabs and Rios clinches. Rios lands a rabbit punch and is warned by Rodriguez. Pacquiao is all over Rios, though he’s not throwing incredibly hard punches. Hard right by Pacquiao and Rios returns the favor. Rios opens up late with a flurry of punches and Pacquiao follows suit until Bam-Bam ties him up.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 10

Pacquiao throws two decent right jabs, followed by a hard right cross on the inside. Rios seems to be fighting just to stay afloat for the distance; he’s not taking any chances. Pacquiao is cruising and not going overboard with his offense. Nice right jab/left cross by Pacquiao. Pacquiao appears to be taking the round off, but it could be because Rios is doing very little to make him react. Nice right hook by Pacquiao as he scoots to the right. Rios throws an errant right hand when he traps Pacquiao into the ropes. They separate and Pacquiao jabs him several times. Rios is looking haggard and defeated; Pacquiao is unscathed and looks as fresh as the first round.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 11

Rios slowly walks to the center of the ring without a hint of desperation. Pacquiao is not taking any chances as of yet and seems content to pick him apart little by little. Rios slowly walks forward with meager left jabs. Hard left hand by Pacquiao. They clinch. Hard right to the body and then to the head by Pacquiao when they break. Rios finally opens up his offense and digs a few powerful hooks to the body. Hard left hook by Rios that got Pacquiao’s attention. Another hard left upstairs by Rios. Another hard shot to the body by the American. Pacquiao breaks the guard and lands a hard straight left. They posture for the final ten seconds. Rios’ best round in a long time.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Rios
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 12

Rios clearly needs a knockout to win this fight. His corner is yelling for him to go for it. Pacquiao’s corner is telling him to be smart. Rios starts off the round slowly, without a hint of desperation. Rios throws a series of left jabs that miss their mark. Hard right hook/straight left hand by Pacquiao that rocks Rios. Rios just smiles at him but his knees buckles for a second. Hard left hand by Pacquiao. Rios is not letting his hands go at all. Left jab by Bam-Bam. Right jab by Pacquiao. Rios clinches and does nothing. Rios is now bleeding from above his left eye. Pacquiao is sticking and moving beautifully. The crowd is on its feet as Manny jabs and hooks. Rios is not going for broke at all with ten seconds left. Pacquiao moves from side to side and lands a right and left. Rios stands there as time expires.

Sherdog Scores:

Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao (118-110 Pacquiao)
Gary Randall scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao (120-108 Pacquiao)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pacquiao (120-108 Pacquiao)

The Official Result

Official scores: 120-108, 119-109, 118-110 for Pacquiao, who takes the unanimous decision.

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