Pacquiao vows to avenge Ruslan's defeat to Algieri
‘The Pacman’ shrugs off Algieri’s reach advantage
MANILA – Manny Pacquiao says he has no qualms facing unbeaten fighter Chris Algieri despite the latter being the taller fighter at 5’11”.
Pacquiao, who is set to fight Algieri on November 22 (November 23, Manila time) in Macau, stands at 5’6 ½” and is at a disadvantage in terms of height and reach.
But the 8-division champion said he is not the type who cherry-picks his opponents.
“As long as it is okay with Bob Arum, there’s no problem with me. I’m not afraid to face anybody in the ring,” Pacquiao said in a Philboxing report by Aquiles Z. Zonio.
Another factor that could work against Pacquiao is Algieri’s counter-punching style, which has always been the Filipino boxer’s weakness. This is the same fighting style used by his greatest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez.
But Pacquiao is unfazed.
Instead, he said the bout will give him the chance to avenge his training partner’s defeat to Algieri last June.
“Aside from being the challenge due to Algieri’s size and fighting style, this is also an opportunity for me to avenge the defeat of my friend and former sparring partner, Ruslan Provodnikov,” said the fighting congressman.
Provodnikov decked Algieri twice in the first round, but the gutsy Long Island native recovered against the Russian slugger. In the end, Algieri got a split-decision win and took the WBO junior welterweight crown.
Pacquiao has seen how the American defeated the Russian bull, and said he has spotted some loopholes in Algieri’s game.
He added he has devised a game plan that will foil Algieri’s counter-punching techniques.
“I’m going to broach this strategy with coach Freddie Roach once our training camp starts,” Pacquiao said.