MANNY Pacquiao’s longtime friend and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez believes that Pacman must smother Chris Algieri’s long reach for him to be able to defeat the unbeaten American in their upcoming title bout on November 23 at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel in Macau.
Fernandez said that he is expecting Algieri (20-0 win-loss card with eight knockouts) to use his long arms and height advantage that’s why Pacquiao needs to cut him down and not give him a space to run.
“Modesty aside, coach Freddie trusts us that we can train Pacquiao while he’s away and now he’s happy with what he’s seeing,” Fernandez told The Manila Times in a phone interview from General Santos. “He really wanted Manny to be smart but aggressive.”
“We know that Algieri would not engage Manny. He will use his long reach and height advantage that’s why we need to be smarter and faster. We will chase him wherever he goes. Roach wants more head movements. But if ever Algieri decides not to run and engage, Manny will finish him early.”
Fernandez and American strength and conditioning trainer Justin Fortune have already put Pacquiao to top fighting condition. Fernandez said that the 54-year-old five time trainer of the year Roach has arrived in General Santos with a sparring partner for Pacman, “So far, Manny is hitting perfectly with more punching combinations in training,” Fernandez said.
“Roach will now take charge of the heavy training although I’m still here to assists,” he added. “Roach also knows that Manny will be playing and coaching in the PBA opener on the 19th [of October]in Bulacan. I will be there too and we will go back to General Santos right after to resume his boxing training.”
Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) is set to spar anytime soon with American lightweight Stan Martyniouk, who is already in General Santos, and 5’11 Ukrainian light welterweight Viktor Postol (26-0 with 11 knockouts).