Impressive Victory Casts Aside Doubts About Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Demise

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In the last major fight Bob Arum promoted in the Far East, he walked out of a Philippines arena to a burning sun, mourning the destruction Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier delivered to each other in their third bout, the “Thrilla in Manila” in 1975.


Manny Pacquiao celebrates his victory over Brandon Rios in a WBO welterweight title fight in Macau, China, on Sunday. Pacquiao’s next fight likely will take place in Las Vegas in April. (Credit: Associated Press)

Sunday, Arum looked outside to cloud coverage in Macao, China, and beamed with delight.

Arum’s fighter, Manny Pacquiao, is back.

In Pacquiao’s decisive victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night Pacific time, the Filipino star buried thoughts of retirement, which his trainer, Freddie Roach, said he would have suggested had Pacquiao lost.

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