MACAU: A world titleholder said Manny Pacquiao needs to press the attack in the early rounds if he is to defeat Chris Algieri on Sunday.
Roy Jones Jr., who held four weight division titles, is in Macau not to fight but as head trainer of a Mexican fighter who is in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Algieri main event at the Venetian’s Cotai Arena.
Pacquiao will defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt against the American challenger.
Jones refused to say if his choice is Pacquiao, who totes 56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts, or Algieri, who has won all his 20 fights, eight of them via knockout.
“It’s up to Chris [Algieri] how he will handle Manny’s onslaught and speed,” the 45-year-old former four-weight world division champion told The Manila Times on Thursday in an interview at the Venetian media center. “Manny will cut him down in the early rounds because that’s the best way to do.”
“But Chris proved in his last fight against Ruslan [Provodnikov] that his punches were lethal and I think he’s going to prove it again. Let’s see if he can do it against Manny who is faster and smarter,” said Jones, who moved up from middleweight to the heavyweight class.
Jones, who knocked out Hany Atiyo in the first round in his last fight in September, has yet to pick his next opponent. “I really love this sport and I always train hard even I have no any fight schedule,” he said.
Jones’ fighter Jessie Vargas faces Mexican Antonio DeMarco in a welterweight bout.
“He is okay and 100 percent good,” said Jones [59-8 record with 42 knockouts] of Vargas. “Jessie improves a lot and we’re expecting positive result on the 23rd.”
In the other undercard bouts flyweight Chinese Zou Shiming (5-0 with 1 KO) goes up against Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym of Thailand (27-0-2 with 12 KOs) and featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) fights Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand (52-1 with 33 knockouts).