• Pacquiao smashes Algieri

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    ON THE ATTACK Manny Pacquiao scores with a left hook, staggering Chris Algieri during their almost onesided fight in Macau on Sunday.

    ON THE ATTACK
    Manny Pacquiao scores with a left hook, staggering Chris Algieri during their almost onesided fight in Macau on Sunday.

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    MACAU: Manny Pacquiao sent unbeaten American Chris Algieri to the canvas six times at the Venetian Hotel’s Cotai Arena on Sunday for an impressive victory that once again heightened interest in a dream fight between the Filipino ring idol and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Pacquiao, who will turn 36 on December 17, scored a unanimous decision in defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title and handing Algieri his first loss in 21 professional fights.

    The judges scored it 119-103, 119-103 and 120-102, all for Pacquiao.

    “I did my best,” Pacquiao, who improves his record to 57 wins, 5 defeats and 2 draws record with 38 knockouts, told the packed crowd that included celebrities, among them Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    “I really came to fight. I’m satisfied although I’m looking for a knockout but it didn’t come,” he said. “I worked really hard during my training and improved my power.”

    “He’s perfected his style,” said Algieri. “He’s perfected the art of fighting like Manny Pacquiao. He hurt me once when he buzzed me with a left hook. But that was the only time.”

    Algieri holds a master’s degree and has an ambition to become a doctor once his boxing days are over. All week in the build-up, his trainer Tim Lane had been declaring that he would destroy Pacquiao by “master boxing.”

    They proved to be hollow words and Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach mocked them afterward.

    “The master boxer was given a master class by Professor Pacquiao,” Roach said.

    He laughed as he told reporters that he had resorted to an unusual tactic to try to get Pacquiao to finish Algieri with a knockout.

    “Eleventh round, I said ‘I want you to knock him out’,” Roach said.

    “He says ‘In Jesus’s name?’ I said, ‘If that’s what you want me to say?’ he said “Yeah.”

    “So I said ‘Knock him out—in Jesus’s name!” Roach said.

    “Really I tried everything I could to get that knockout.”

    Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao’s next fights could be early next year in the US against Super WBA World Boxing Council (WBC) light welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia and probably the long-awaited megabout against Mayweather, the WBC welterweight champion.

    That fight could be the first billion-dollar bout in boxing history.

    “I really want the fight. The fans deserve it,” Pacquiao said afterward, hurling a challenge by imitating a new TV commercial in which he mocks Mayweather.

    Algieri did his best to avoid mixing it up with Pacquiao but the Filipino stalked him around the ring, knocking him down once in the second round, twice in the sixth and ninth and once in the 10th.

    Pacquiao, winner of a rare eight-weight world division title, brought Algieri down with a left straight in the ninth round. The New Yorker got up at the count of nine.

    “I tried to get out of him every round but Manny is really great and the best fighter in the world right now. It’s really an honor to face somebody like him,” Algieri said. “I’m now looking forward to 2015 and my future.”

    The absence of a knockout did not disappoint Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach. Pacquiao’s last knockout victory was against Miguel Cotto in 2009.

    “He [Manny] did a pretty good job because he won every round convincingly,” Roach, 54, told The Manila Times in a separate interview. “Algieri needs more experience because he’s not on the same level as Pacquiao. He just ran and avoided Manny.”

    In other card results, Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (22-1-1 win-loss-draw record whipped African Fadhili Majiha (15-6-4 with 7 KOs) via third round knockout, while China’s Rex Tso (15-0 card with 9 KOs) won by unanimous decision over Indonesian Sabu Espinos (8-2-1 log with 3 KOs).

    Kuok Kun Ng of Macau (5-0 with 2 KOs) beat Australian Stephen Attard (4-1-2 with 1 KO) via unanimous decision.

    American Jessie Vargas retained the World Boxing Association super lightweight title against challenger Antonio DeMarco of Mexico via unanimous decision, while Vasyl Lomanchenko (3-1 with 1 KO) ripped Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (51-2 with 33 KOs) via unanimous decision to keep the WBO featherweight belt.

    In another main event bout, former two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Zou Shiming survived Pacquiao look-alike Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (27-1-2 log with 12 KOs) to bring his undefeated record to 6-0 with one knockout.

    WITH AFP

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    1. Technically according to the senile referee you are right algieri took 6 counts but even stevie wonder would have seen that 2 of those supposed knock downs were chris slipping on the water in manny pacquiaos corner. Yes the other 4 were legitimate knockdowns. Then algieri was cautioned for low blows, but they wernt low blows. Im not saying the referee was biased but hwat i am saying he wasnt up to the job of reffereeing a top world championship fight., He was just to old & not up to it. He also didnt see mannys punches landing on algieris hips.
      Now as soon as this fight was announced to us months ago i said it was a mismatch. Thats exactly what it proved to be. Algieri had only had 20 fights, only scored 8 kos & all against opposition rated in the 100’s, 200’s, or even 300’s & below, so what did you expect. Where i saw manny not being as good now as they try to tell us he is is he couldnt even stop this guy. Yet at the weigh in he was overweight ( a novices mistake ) & look how long he had to go back & sweat it off at a time when he should have been conserving his energy for the fight. & by far the worst part of it was manny telling him that he couldnt fight at the 147 limit because manny wanted to fight at 144. I think this is unheard of in professional boxing where the world champion when accepting a challenge from a lower weight fighter tells him he has to come in at a catchweight.
      & after seeing that fight if you think he has any chance of beating floyd mayweather well your eyesight is worse than stevie wonders.

      • Yah, indeed it was a mismatch. Algieri is still novice – in running and avoiding Pacman. Floyd Avoid will have that expertise and therefore will win against Pacman!

      • Dustin , if ever Mayweather Jr. could gather enough courage to fight Pacquiao , I am sure he (Floyd) would be eating DUST that were not DUSTED on the canvas !!!

    2. If Mayweather finds a way to avoid fighting Pacquiao , he(Mayweather) should be in the boxing Hall of Shame not the Hall of Fame.