World Boxing News reported on Saturday that Juan Manuel Marquez doesn’t believe Brandon Rios tested Manny Pacquiao.
The 34-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) earned a lopsided unanimous decision over the 27-year-old Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) to capture the WBO international welterweight title last weekend at the CotaiArena in Macau.
Pacquiao officially trumped Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.
Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” peppered Rios with brilliant combinations that left “Bam Bam” bruised, cut and swollen.
“It was important for Manny to look good so they gave him an opponent like Brandon Rios for his return and he looked impressive,” said Marquez, 40, a gifted counterpuncher and relentless bruiser.
“It will be important to see him face tougher competition and see how he looks against those kinds of fighters after suffering that knockout (to me last year). He never gave Brandon an opportunity to connect with a solid punch. When Manny fights someone with speed and intelligence, someone who counters, Manny doesn’t know what to do or what to expect.”
Conversely, Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) last vacated the squared circle in October after losing a split decision to WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley.
The 30-year-old Bradley (31-0-0-1, 12 KOs) was the aggressor and absolutely handled Marquez throughout the competitive affair.
To offset Marquez’s ruggedness, Bradley utilized his blazing hand speed and elite mobility.
“Desert Storm” dominated with jabs and managed to avoid exchanges and getting lured into a slugfest.
Bradley rocked Marquez with a left hook in the fight’s waning seconds that nearly floored the graying Mexican.
If a “Sin City” judge wasn’t incompetent, Bradley would have universally conquered Marquez on the cards.
Meanwhile, prior to facing “an opponent like Brandon Rios for his return,” Pacquiao had been defeated in consecutive matches by Bradley and Marquez.
However, in actuality, Pacquiao outclassed Bradley and was battering Marquez before the juicehead landed a savage overhand right that finished the tussle at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Although Pacquiao is a bit more cautious and reserved, the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s remains an overwhelming pugilistic force.
If the ballooned Mexican finally agrees to throw fists with Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time, Juan Manuel Marquez won’t “know what to do or what to expect.”