THE camp of Manny Pacquiao just ignored Sylvester Stallone favoring Chris Algieri two weeks before the Filipino ring icon battles the American on November 23 in Macau.
Pacquiao’s long-time adviser Mike Koncz said that Stallone’s endorsement of the 30-year-old Algieri as the next big thing in boxing has nothing to do with his fight against Pacquiao.
“Sylvester Stallone won’t be inside the ring when Manny [Pacquiao] whips Algieri’s ass on November 23 in Macau. It’s just part of the promotion,” Koncz told The Manila Times on Saturday in a phone interview.
On Thursday (Friday in Manila), Stallone attended an event by Top Rank promoting the Pacquiao-Algieri bout. The other notable personalities present were Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming, Vasyl Lomachenko, Jessie Vargas, trainer and former four weight division world champion Roy Jones Jr. as well as promoter Bob Arum.
“In my business, life imitates art. But in Chris’ case, I think it’s the other way around,” Stallone told boxing website Philboxing.com. “Watching Chris rebound from those two first-round knockdowns against Ruslan Provodnikov and out-box him the next 11 rounds to win the title was more than an upset.”
“It was Rocky-esque. As for his fight against Manny Pacquiao on November 22, all I can say to you Chris is great movies deserve great sequels and I won’t be the least surprised to see you give us one in Macau.”
The 68-year-old Hollywood legend Stallone portrayed the role of pug Rocky Balboa in the Rocky series from 1976 to 2006.
Koncz said that Algieri is not Rocky, “It won’t happen in real life, not against Manny. Manny will surely knock Algieri out comes November 23.”
Algieri (20-0 win-loss record with eight knockouts) and his team will fly to Macau from Los Angeles on Wednesday while Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) and his team are set to leave General Santos on November 17 for Macau.