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Pacquiao Vs Algieri Preview

Pacquiao Vs Algieri Preview

Pacquiao Vs Algieri Preview

Even though it seems that people are trying to promote a fight that will never happen, there is an important fight this weekend.

If you believe in Bill Simmons’ “Nobody believes in us” theory, which generally means that teams or players can be very dangerous once people give up on them, Chris Algieri is the poster child for that theory if it can relate to boxing.

Most everyone I’ve read suggests that while Algieri has a small chance to beat Manny Pacquiao, the talent level between the two fighters is larger than the gap between Leon Spinks’ front teeth. It’s one of those, “On Algieri’s best day and Pacquiao’s worst day,” type of things.

There are a few things that do make you believe Algieri has a chance for the upset on Saturday in Macau.

– He’s five years younger than Pacquiao and when it comes to actual ring age, he’s a baby compared to Manny.
– He’s at his physical peak whereas Pacquiao seems a few years past his.
– He was able to withstand Ruslan Provodnikov’s onslaught and box his way to a decision win, so you know he’s tough as nails.

But is that enough for Algieri to be given more than a modicum of a chance to win the fight?

Our thoughts and predictions are below.


I like Chris Algieri. He seems like a good guy and he can fight for sure. Those last two wins were really good results. I think people tend to forget that sometimes. Nobody was really knocking down the door trying to get a shot at Provodnikov last year after he took Bradley to hell and back and then wrecked Alvarado as well. Algieri took on the role of the sacrificial lamb, and after getting off to the worst start possible, he showed a ton of guts (and skills too) to turn it around.

The Emmanuel Taylor win, looking back in hindsight, is a very underrated one as well. Taylor pushed Broner to his limits just a few months later, and Algieri fairly took him to school. So he has fought his way into this position fair and square. I just think he may be taking on too much here for a lot of reasons. This is a guy who twelve months ago was still fighting journeymen in the small halls of New York. The step up he’s made to get here is remarkable in of itself, but this is Manny Pacquiao he’s fighting, one of the two biggest icons of this generation and still one of the greatest boxers on earth. Stylistically, Manny is all wrong for him too. Algieri just doesn’t have the power to back up the Pacman, nor the skills to box with him. I see Manny coming out like a buzz-saw in this one and chasing his first knockout in five years.

Prediction: Pacquiao by 6th round TKO

Sarah Gruber

I know many boxing fans question the matching of Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri but I see a good match-up of styles colliding to create a great fight. Pacquiao is a great offensive fighter who is very good at creating pressure on his opponents. His awkward style is also hard for opponents’ to defend. Algieri, on the other hand, is a tough, smart, defensive fighter with very swift feet.

Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach created a training camp in the Philippines that will greatly prepare Manny for his meeting with Algieri. The Pacman trainers recruited great sparring partners with styles very similar to Algieri such as Sacramento’s own Stan “The Man” Martanouk and former 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez. Sparring with these young, hungry, swift-footed boxers will make for a very well-prepared Pacquiao.

I like Chris Algeri’s fighting style and I feel like people are really over looking him in this fight. With that being said, the location will play a huge factor in this fight. In order to beat Manny Pacquiao in Macao, China an opponent would likely have to stop Manny. I don’t believe that Algeri will be able to knock out the Pacman, so I see this fight going to the scorecards. I believe the fight will be highly entertaining and closer than most expect. Even though Pacquiao wins by decision, I predict Chris Algieri leaves with the victory of becoming a new household name in the sport of boxing.

Prediction: Pacquiao by unanimous decision


I can’t really breakdown this fight without thinking of how badly Algieri was bruised up in his fight with Provodnikov. If a slugger like Ruslan was able to catch Algieri as often as he did, what would someone with the hand and foot speed of Pacquiao be able to do to Algieri? I think Algieri’s best chance is to hope that Pacquiao’s continued to slow and simply slug it out. Algieri himself doesn’t seem to be much of a banger, but we do know now that Pacquiao can be knocked out.

If this becomes a fight where Algieri has to deal with Pacquiao’s in and out style and simply can’t lock in on him much, I don’t think he has a chance. If he fights like he did against Provodnikov, I think Pacquiao stops him late.

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