MACAU - Like a supertyphoon, Manny Pacquiao ravaged Brandon Rios on Sunday.
For 12 rounds, Pacquiao relentlessly battered the Mexican-American fighter, heralding his comeback with a lopsided unanimous decision in the headliner of "The Clash in Cotai" at The Venetian Macao.
And when his fury subsided, Pacquiao announced the victory wasn't about his personal mission as a fighter-his victory was dedicated to his countrymen still reeling from the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon "Yolanda" on Nov. 8.
"It (the victory) isn't about my comeback. It symbolizes my people's comeback," said a teary-eyed Pacquiao, who will visit Tacloban City-one of the areas hardest hit by Yolanda-soon after his return home on Monday.
Pacquiao, the country's richest congressman and $18-million richer after Sunday's welterweight title bout, is certain to inflate the bulging donation coffers for the typhoon victims, but the amount seems hardly important.
What he did against Rios was enough to put smiles back on the faces of the millions of Filipinos who suffered in Yolanda's wake.
Showing vintage form, Pacquiao hit Rios at will, wobbling his opponent in the sixth round with a three-punch combination, en route to a 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 decision by judges Michael Pernick, Lisa Giampa and Manfred Kuchler, respectively.
The INQUIRER scored it 120-108.
The outcome was never in doubt.