Pac­quiao will maul Al­gieri

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Reuters

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.—

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