Pacquiao will maul Algieri
NEW YORK — American challenger Chris Algieri represents a younger, hungrier generation of boxers hoping to take down Manny Pacquiao ( pictured) but the world champion’s coach Freddie Roach is confident the Filipino has both the speed and skills to retain his WBO title.
Algieri earned his shot at Pacquiao, a winner of world titles in eight different divisions, by climbing off the canvas twice to earn a split decision victory over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in June, a win that improved his record to 20-0.
Roach recognised the hard-hitting New Yorker’s toughness but said Pacquiao had the tools to defend his welterweight crown in Macau on November 22.
“He’s a tough kid and he’s strong,” Roach told The Philippine Star. “He doesn’t have the speed and the skills Manny has. But he has the power.”
Pacquiao’s (56-5-2) storied 20-year professional career is littered with wins over some of boxing’s biggest names, including Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya.
He suffered successive defeats in 2012 but has got back on track with two impressive wins over Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley. A win over Algieri could bring the longawaited super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr one step closer.—