World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said that he is more interested in facing WBO light welterweight titleholder American Chris Algieri in the ring than in a verbal tussle.
“Let’s see in November,” Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) told The Manila Times on Friday in a phone interview. “I’m a man of action and that’s [war of words]not my type.”
Pacquiao, 35, who is now also the playing coach of KIA in the Philippine Basketball Association will fight the 30-year-old former kickboxer Algieri on November 22, in a title bout at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
“But I don’t underestimate him so I’m going to give my best for my country when we fight,” added the lawmaker from Saranggani. “He [Algieri] can say whatever he wanted to say but we’ll see everything in November. He’s tall and has a long reach but I’m not bothered.”
Algieri (20-0 record with eight knockouts) said in interviews earlier that he could beat the Filipino ring icon with his crisp jabs stressing that he could throw jabs in different combinations and in any angle just like Pacquiao’s Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
“I believe that my style is a problem for him and his style, and for their approach,” Algieri told boxing site Ringnews24. “I don’t care if he’s faster, I don’t care if he hits harder, I don’t care if he’s bigger, stronger or whatever, I got a jab and a brain, that’s the great equalizer, is not power…the jab!”
Algieri also said that he is motivated by the fact that he’s a 1-14 underdog in his coming fight with the Pacman.