Pacquiao reclaims top form to stop Algieri


Pacquiao-graphics20141121MACAU: Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday that he will show the world he is back to his very best by stopping pretender to his throne Chris Algieri in their world welterweight title contest in Macau.

It has been five years since Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) last stopped a fighter and the Filipino eight-weight world champion said he would blow away any lingering suggestion that his powers are on the wane two weeks before his 36th birthday.

“I’m very happy with my training camp because it was a new birth. It was like back to the old days—my speed and power and determination are back,” said a confident Pacquiao at a pre-fight news conference at the Venetian Macau on Wednesday night.

“I’m very excited by this fight and I know my opponent is excited to win this fight, but I won’t let that happen,” Pacquiao added.

Pacquiao will be aided in his quest at the weekend by defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight (147lb) title against American Algieri, the WBO junior welterweight (140lb) champion, at a catchweight limit of 144 lb.

“He wants to prove to everyone that he can still punch,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach told reporters earlier on Wednesday.

“That’s why we went to catchweight at 144. He’s never been a puncher at 147. He’s only knocked out two welterweights. That’s why the drop in weight.”

Not a Rocky movie
Welterweight Miguel Angel Cotto was the last man ‘Pacman’ stopped, on November 14, 2009, and Roach has pushed Pacquiao through a punishing camp with increased the heavy bag work to bring back the congressman from Sarangani province’s legendary punching power.

“When Manny hits the bag, the whole gym stops. I mean, everyone looks at the pop he has, the power and the speed,” said Roach as Pacquiao went through his paces in the gym.

“The heavy bag is for strength. The heavy bag was a vital part of our training camp for this fight.”

Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is former kickboxer from Long Island dubbed the ‘real-life Rocky’ and he will have ‘silver screen Rocky’ Sylvester Stallone rooting for him at the Cotai Arena ringside come Sunday morning’s fight time (Saturday evening in the US).

But Roach declared it will be no fairytale ending for the 30 year-old.

“He’s in way over his head,” said Roach. “Once that bell rings, this is not a Rocky movie. Trust me. Rocky’s going to get knocked out.”

There are two other world title fights on an explosive support card which begins at 8 a.m. local time Sunday (0000GMT) to cater for Saturday night TV audiences in the US.

WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) and WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs) will each defend their titles against Thailand’s Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33 KOs) and Mexico’s Antonio DeMarc-o (31-3-1, 23 KOs) respectively.

Another big draw at “the Clash in Cotai II” will be China’s national hero and double Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) who goes 12 rounds for the first time against Thailand’s Kwanpichiy Onesongchaigym (27-0, 12 KOs) in a final eliminator for a world title shot.



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  1. I cant believe how you are all praising manny pacquiao instead of rebuking him. Look at the standard of his opposition. Hes only had 20 fights with 8 kos & all against light welterweights. His opponents apart from 2 of them were all rated below 100 or 200 or 300 in the world. Manny has scored almost double the amount of ko’s than algieri has had fights. If it was floyd mayweather fighting algieri you would all be saying he is cherry picking.
    Then on top of everything he wouldnt even let algieri come in at the welterweight limit of 147lbs because he wants to practice getting down to a lighter weight so he can move down to 140 after this fight. Well if he wants to move down to 140 thats ok but dont stop your opponent from fighting at the legal weight if he wants to. I see manny as a cheat many times but you dont. Why in his last fight with jmm didnt he give him a catchweight of 144. I mean jmm was a 140lb fighter he was 39 years old, well the reason is manny wanted the weight advantage over him, & now he doesnt want algieri to have a weight advantage over him.
    I wish you people could lose a little of your bias to filipinos & be fair to everyone, i know its difficult but the brits do it.