Manny Pacquiao hasn't knocked anyone out in five years. We think he'll finally do so in his next fight against Chris Algieri!
On Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, an encounter between two fighters whose differences are of heaven-and-earth proportions will take place. One is a living legend (Manny Pacquiao, 56W-38KOs-5L-2D) and the other is an up-and-comer (Chris Algieri, 20W-8KOs-0L), who we had to introduce to you last September.
The two world-class punch artists will meet at a catchweight of 144 lbs. for the former’s WBO World welterweight belt. From the obvious height disparity all the way to their contrasting backgrounds, there’s no debating that the glaring dissimilarities between the two combatants will play a huge role in the outcome.
But the only real outcome we want to see? Pacquiao pummeling Algieri into la-la-land. Our main man has gone five years without one KO win, with the last coming in November 2009 against Miguel Cotto. Will he finally get one against the young stallion Algieri?
We laid out the facts below (after all, we saw him train in GenSan), and startlingly, it looks like our soon-to-be-36-years-old Pambansang Kamao is on his way to earning the once elusive knockout finish. And if he doesn't? Well, at least now we have more reasons to write satirical articles about Manny's stint with the Kia Sorentos.
1) Pacquiao is, historically, a giant killer
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The 30-year-old Chris Algieri is 5'10" with a reach of 72 inches. Pacquiao stands at 5'6" 1/2 with a reach of 67 inches.
Based on size, Algieri has the clear advantage over the Saranggani representative. Chris is bigger, younger, and with an unbeaten record, he is supposed to have a much better engine than Pacquiao.
Manny’s 63 fights, which include numerous grueling wars, suggest that his boxing mileage is way past the ideal stage for a prizefighter, especially at his age. And as the bigger man, the former kickboxer, should be able to keep his shorter adversary at bay, at a distance wherein he can score points and at the same time avoid getting hit with a Pacman haymaker. There’s no question who owns the numbers, Algieri’s got this. Upon first look.
Historically though, Pacquiao has had a field day fighting against bigger—and by nature, slower—opponents. Some pundits said that Oscar De La Hoya and Antonio Margarito were just too darn big and that Cotto had a naturally heftier frame. What did Pacquiao do? He let the fists do the talking and shut all of the doubters up.
2) Pacquiao's track record tramples Algieri's track record
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Manny Pacquiao's Notable Opponents: Lehlo Ledwaba, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Timothy Bradley
Chris Algieri's Notable Opponents: Ruslan Provodnikov
Very few boxers, even in history, can compare résumés with Pacquiao. Algieri is definitely not one of them. Provodnikov is the only world-class fighter he has faced and he barely survived the Russian brawler. Meanwhile, there’s very little that the Pambansang Kamao has not seen in his long illustrious career.
We highly doubt that the unbeaten challenger has something up his sleeve that can catch Manny by surprise. If Pacquiao’s undeniable edge in experience overwhelms Algieri, the actual fight might result in a mismatch that resembles then 43-year old Bernard Hopkins’ schooling of rising star, Kelly Pavlik, in 2008.
The Great Canyon-like experience disparity between the two definitely plays to Pacquiao's favor.
3) Pacquiao is from the school of hard knocks; Algieri isn't
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If New York’s ghetto part of Brooklyn produced a world champion in Mike Tyson, the well-to-do folks of N.Y.C. has former WBO light welterweight titleholder, Chris Algieri.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Huntington, Long Island, Chris grew up comfortably in one of the nicest neighborhoods in America. He has a college degree and a master’s, so he truly is a distinct (probably crazy) character in the fight business. More than natural talent, it was his burning passion for combat competition that got him to this point—a headlining slot with Pacquiao a.k.a. the apex of his career.
Standing on the other end of the spectrum is Manny. Drake wrote the rap hit, "Started From The Bottom," but Manny lived it. Manny’s unwavering resolve and resilience got him out of earning P100 a fight and into becoming a $20 million prizefighter—a tale every Filipino knows by now.
Even as a superstar, Pac has proven he still has the hungry fighter’s grit to battle adversity. After his devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, he was able to fight his way back to the top of the boxing food chain when he reclaimed his welterweight crown by beating Timothy Bradley last June.
So, what do these highly different backstories tell us? That Pacquiao has been through worlds of pain and hardships that Algieri might even have a hard time imagining. Looking at things from this perspective, we believe that Manny has achieved a level of mental toughness, which Chris is still years and several battles away from reaching.
If the bout turns into a battle of attrition, safe money is on Manny to have a deeper reserve than his brash challenger. Pacquiao is going to give Algieri a final exam on life like no other, and we have a hard time believing that he's going to be able to survive it.
4) Algieri likes to throw a lot of punches—just like Pacquiao. But that's not gonna be good for his sake (and consciousness)
Here's a breakdown of their fight tendencies:
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- An astute practitioner of boxing’s sweet science
- Uses his jab extensively
- His favorite combination is a left hook to the body followed by an uppercut upstairs with the same hand
- On defense, he uses his feet to move out of harm’s way; he also does a poor impression of Floyd Mayweather’s shoulder roll
- With limited power he doesn’t look for the knockout, instead, he makes sure he throws and lands more than his opponents to win on points
- Can either slug it out or box when necessary
- Throws a blindingly quick 1-2 combination (right jab-left straight)
- Has a great right hook counter
- Likes to pepper his opponents with tremendous combinations
- Upon seeing the right opportunity, he goes for the KO using his incredible flurries
Algieri does his thing very well but he only knows how to fight one way. He sticks his jab, moves out of the way, and throws a few scoring combos here and there. He may be a formidable boxer but his movements could be as predictable as Mayweather's response to Pacquiao questions.
Pacquiao is an entirely different monster. We all know Manny is a fearsome puncher but he can also do damage when he chooses to box. Just ask his last two victims, Brandon Rios and Bradley.
Right now, Manny is not only faster and a stronger puncher but he is also a more versatile fighter compared to Chris. The eight division champ’s hand is right on top of this yardstick. Really now, if both fighters were producing the same amount of punches, who would you rather bet on?
5) Pacquiao wants to regain his spot as the sport's biggest draw
Parts of a boxer's motivation are the things that are at stake.
For Chris Algieri, given his movie star looks, he should know that a clear cut win over Pacquiao will certainly make him bigger, maybe as famous and rich as Kim Kardashian’s rear end.
He could be the next Oscar De La Hoya if he scores the upset, earning paydays and respect along the way. Even after snatching the WBO Light Welterweight championship from Provodnikov, only a handful of people gave him credit for it. In fact, earlier this month, the governing body inexplicably stripped Chris of the belt his right eye had sacrificed so much for.
Everybody thought Algieri was a longshot against Provodnikov but he proved every single one them wrong. Now, with the allure of fame and recognition in front of him, he’s looking to do the same thing when he faces Pacquiao.
For Manny Pacquiao, after his 2012 defeat against Marquez, his two subsequent bouts felt like the most important fights of the Pambansang Kamao’s career. This square-off against Algieri is not going to be different. Pushing 36, Manny can’t afford a lackluster performance, much more, to lose another fight.
One bad night from the former undisputed pound-for-pound king and his days as one of the sport’s top draws are over. That’s why a signature victory over Algieri is much needed. A dominant showing that’ll put Algieri flat on his back for the ten-count will reintroduce Manny as the same explosive Pacman that railroaded the boxing world five years ago.
Team Pacquiao has worked diligently for the KO result, so let’s see if Manny can actually pull one off. Limang taon na yung huling knockout mo, Manny, di mo ba nami-miss?
Manny and Chris’ motivation for this match may come from different places but the implications of the outcome are equally huge for both men. Yet one thing tips the scale for Pac: that fight with Mayweather. Just days ago, Manny appeared on ESPN stating his desire to make the fight happen. And in order to do that, he has to dominate Algieri. Mommy D's magic spells better work again come fight night:
FHM's Itaga-Mo-Sa-Bato Prediction
Pacquiao wins by a late stoppage (9th or 10th round). Come on, Ninong Manny, give us an early Christmas gift!
Pacquiao-Algieri: Hungry For Glory will air on Solar Sports, with the coverage starting at 9 a.m. For more information about the fight you can visit Solar Sports' official website by clicking here! You can also follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. To join the fight chatter, use the hashtags #HungryforGlory and #PacAlgieri when posting or tweeting about the fight!
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