MACAU – It’s kill or be killed out there.
Close Manny Pacquiao adviser and friend Chavit Singson gave that word of warning as he cautioned the boxing superstar against being compassionate inside the ring and instead adopt a warrior mentality.
Singson was convinced Pacquiao did a great job in dispatching Brandon Rios in their welterweight match on Sunday, but also appeared upset that the 34-year-old Filipino didn’t finish off the American when he could have done so.
They Said It!
“Hindi puwedeng pagbigyan sa boxing. Kung hindi siya, ikaw." - Chavit Singson
Pacquiao settled for a unanimous decision against Rios after battering the 27-year-old fighter from Oxnard, California for the entire 12 rounds.
“Hindi puwedeng pagbigyan sa boxing. Kung hindi siya, ikaw,” Singson told a smiling Pacquiao when the former governor of Ilocos Sur paid the boxing icon a visit in his suite at the Venetian Hotel.
There was no doubt Pacquiao could have knocked out Rios, according to Singson.
“Kaya ni Manny 'yun (Rios), hindi lang ni-knockout.”
Rios insisted during his post-fight press conference he wasn’t hurt by the 34-year-old Pacquiao despite being on the receiving end for most of the 36-minute match.
But like Chavit, trainer Freddie Roach also believed Pacquiao eased up a bit on the 27-year-old American especially when it became clear he had the bout all wrapped up.
“Yeah, he took it easy. He didn’t step on the gas pedal,” said Pacquiao’s longtime trainer. “I think he had the chance. He was beating him every round.”
Asked if he indeed, coasted in the later rounds, and felt some compassion for the battered Rios the way he did against Antonio Margarito three years ago, Pacquiao gave a cryptic response.
“Boxing is not about killing each other. Boxing is about entertaining people,” said Pacquiao, a deeply religious man. “I think (rounds) one to 12, people were satisfied with my performance.”
Besides, the congressman from the province of Sarangani added he doesn’t want to be careless again and experience the same fate he suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez.
And this is the rare instance Singson doesn’t seem to be in agreement with his close pal.
“Sa boksing walang bigayan. Iba ito.”