Pacquiao’s speed key to victory, say experts


Manny Pacquiao is too fast for Chris Algieri, despite the American’s claim that he has the speed to defeat the Filipino sports idol, two ring veterans said on Wednesday.

Pacquiao and Algieri square off on Sunday morning at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.

Former world boxing champion Gerry Peñalosa, the promotional partner and Pacquiao’s longtime friend, said the usual speed and punching prowess of the eight-weight world division titleholder are several levels above that of Algieri, who is undefeated in 20 fights.

“It’s Manny’s usual speed and skills that will dictate the fight,” Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “There’s nothing else he [Algieri] can do about it although I’m so sure the challenger will try his best. All boxers [had]tried, but they [had]failed to match Manny’s speed.”

Already in Macau to support Pacquiao (56-5-2 log with 38 knockouts), he also belittled Algieri’s claim on his own speed.

“Manny is by far faster than him,” Peñalosa said. “I watched him [Algieri] fight against Ruslan [Provodnikov] and he’s not that fast.”

Pacquiao’s former American opponent Timothy Bradley agreed with Peñalosa.

“Chris Algieri is going to learn what fast is all about when he faces Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley told writer Joseph Herron of “Really? Really? Ah man…He’s going to learn. He’s going to learn November 22 what fast is all about.”


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