New York native Chris Algieri is leaving the states and heading to Macau, China to focus on his November 22nd fight with Manny Pacquiao. Algieri (20-0) remains undefeated in his young career and believes his run will continue well past Pacquiao (56-5-2). He told the media on Tuesday: “People seem to think I’ve come out of nowhere, I’ve been an underdog in a lot of fights, and this one is no different.”
Algieri hasn’t quite come out of nowhere, but he hasn’t exactly blazed a trail with headlights in the sky either. He, like several other young boxers, is undefeated in his young career. Chris Algieri earned the right to this fight by outpointing Ruslan Provodnikov back in June. Against Provodnikov, Algieri was knocked down twice in the first round before he was able to recover and use his jab to pile up points. He took the win by decision against Provodnikov on two of the three ringside scorecards. This victory earned him a belt, the Pacquiao fight and the respect of most everyone in boxing.
Everyone except Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, who recently suggested that Pacquiao’s sparring partners were better than Algieri. Roach’s take will likely prove far fetched as Algieri should be able to fight more respectfully than a mere sparring partner, but Pacquiao is expected to win.
To make a case for Algieri, he is undefeated and is 5’10” to Pacquiao’s 5’6.5.” Chris Algieri has used that reach advantage to deliver vicious left hooks during his run. But in the end, Roach’s statements may prove closer to reality than they appear because Pacquiao has the ability to beat up fighters who are taller than him. This includes the 5’11” Antonio Margarito, who Pacquiao beat in 2010 at AT&T Stadium. We’ll see if he can repeat the same performance against the taller Algieri on November 22, 2014 to defend the WBO Welterweight title.