World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion American Chris Algieri said that he would make Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao feel too old when they collide on November 22, in a title fight at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel Macau, China.
Algieri, a native of New York and former kickboxing champion said that Pacquiao would find a different opponent in him unlike any boxer that he fought in the past among them Antonio Margarito, Ricky Hatton, Oscar Dela Hoya, Shane Mosley and Joshua Clottey.
“I guess I’ll find out on November 22 [If he’s getting too old]. Either way, I’m going to try to make him feel like that [way],” Algieri told Bill Emes of boxingscene.com. “Whether he is or he isn’t, my job is to make him feel like that.”
“He never fought someone as large as me and athletic,” he added. “I don’t care about the weight classes.”
But Pacquiao’s longtime business partner and fellow boxer Gerry Peñalosa said that the eighth weight world division titleholder is not worried and would just bank on his proven prowess and experience.
“Pacquiao is a proven fighter and I don’t even think if he [Algieri] has any chance,” Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Tuesday. “Algieri can say whatever he likes but I’m very sure he can’t beat Manny.”
The former world boxing champion Peñalosa explained that the last victory of the 30-year-old Algieri (20-0 win-loss record with eight knockouts) remains questionable because he won only by split decision over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in Brooklyn, New York.
“The only advantages I see in Algieri are his long reach and being hungry for a title, but that was not enough. Manny is also a smart fighter now. He knows when to attack and box,” added Peñalosa. “Pacquiao has beaten a lot of good and tall fighters before and he can do it again and again.”
Pacquiao (56-5-2 card with 38 knockouts) scored a unanimous decision win against American Timothy Bradley in April to recapture the WBO welterweight crown.