Manny Pacquiao beats Rios, dedicates victory to Haiyan victims

Manila, Philippines - The Pinoy Champ Manny Pacquaio is back on the limelight of boxing after he won against Brandon Rios via Unanimous Decision, his first win in two years on Sunday at Cotai Arena in Macau.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios 2013

The reigning pound-for-pound king has added the World Boxing Organization (WBO) international welterweight belt to his collection after beating Rios with scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.

Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs) put his gloves high in front of his face in an attempt to block Pacquiao's blows, but the eight-time world champion threw so many punches that quite a few broke through to leave their marks on the American's face.

Pacquiao said that he dedicated his triumph to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and vowed to help on his comeback to the Philippines.

“It’s really important to me to bring this honor to my country, especially to the people affected by the typhoon,” said Pacquiao. “I’m pretty sure that they’re so happy right now because I won the fight.”

“To all the people and the families affected by the typhoon, I will see you there. I love you so much,” he said.

"This isn't about my comeback. My victory is a symbol of my people's comeback from a natural disaster, a national tragedy," he stressed.

Manny Pacquiao wins against Brandon Rios UD

Statement of Secretary Lacierda, Presidential Spokesperson: On the victory of Congressman Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios

The entire Filipino nation celebrates anew the victory of Congressman Manny Pacquiao, in winning the WBO International Welterweight Belt against Brandon Rios. In 12 rounds, Manny displayed unmatched speed and strength to defeat his opponent, and once again, triumph inside the ring.

Manny’s victory in this fight serves as a source of strength and inspiration for the entire nation, after Typhoon Yolanda devastated a large part of the Visayan region. It is our hope that the principle that guides him in each fight does not change: that every punch he throws, is a punch for the honor of our people.

International celebrities laud Pacquiao's victory

As of posting, the hashtag #MannyPacquiao still trends on Twitter Philippines as the social media celebrate the success of  their countrymen.

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