Donnie “Ahas” Nietes believes that World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao will remain a world champion.
Nietes, who defended his WBO light flyweight title against Carlos Verde last Saturday in Cebu via an eighth round technical knockout, said Pacquiao’s superb experience, blinding speed and relentless power will overwhelm American challenger Chris Algieri.
“Manny has everything and the superiority in this fight,” Nietes, 32, who stands at 34-1-4 win-loss-draw card with 20 knockouts, told The Manila Times on Tuesday in a phone interview. “Pacquiao’s experience will dictate the fight and his new fighting style.”
He said Pacquiao’s fast-paced attack from any angle would surprise the unbeaten Algieri (20-0 win-loss with eight knockouts). Even Algieri’s long reach and towering height won’t give Pacquiao the disadvantage, Nietes added.
“Pacquiao defeated a lot of taller and stronger opponents like Oscar Dela Hoya, Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto, that’s why it’s not a problem anymore. But I’m sure Manny will also be careful once he fights Algieri. He won’t give him any chance,” he said.
“Manny’s flurry of punches will dictate the fight and he’s also faster and wiser,” Nietes added.
Pacquiao, 35, and Algieri, 30, will fight on November 23 at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel in Macau.
“Manny’s focus is hitting his opponent with accurate lethal punches. In his last two fights, he did it. With that kind of approach, he becomes deadlier because he’s also fast,” Nietes said. “When it comes to talent and skills overall, Pacquiao remains higher at all different levels than Algieri.”