ASSISTANT trainer Buboy Fernandez said that Manny Pacquiao’s southpaw boxing style is perfect for blasting orthodox stance boxers like Chris Algieri.
A southpaw pug puts his strong hand forward while a boxer in an orthodox stance keeps his power side at the back.
Of the last 11 orthodox stance boxers who fought Pacquiao, only two, namely Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, won against the eight-division world champion. Bradley won through split decision while Marquez posted a sixth round technical knockout against Pacman. Both fights took place in 2012.
But a year after those defeats, Pacquiao redeemed himself by scoring a unanimous decision victory against Brandon Rios in November 2013 in Macau and then he avenged his loss to Bradley via unanimous decision win in Las Vegas in April.
“Manny remains deadly to any boxers especially against right handed boxers. Algieri’s style, in fact, is not new anymore,” Fernandez told The Manila Times on Thursday in a phone interview. “Manny’s speed and power are both getting better, thanks to his three sparring partners.”
The three pugs Fernandez is referring to are Viktor Postol, Stan Martynouk and former world title contender Mike Jones, who arrived in the country last month with trainer Freddie Roach.
Pacquiao’s last bout against a fellow southpaw was with David Diaz, whom he conquered via ninth round technical knockout in 2008.
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champ Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) and Algieri (20-0 record with eight knockouts) will clash in a world title bout on November 23 at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel in Macau. Pacquiao, 35, and his team will depart for Macau on November 17.
“Just as what I’ve told you before if Algieri avoids to engage and run, Manny will attack him and he’s not that fast. We must only avoid Algieri’s left jab. If he engages with Manny, then Manny will finish him. Pacquiao is getting better everyday,” Fernandez added.
Algieri will not face Pacquiao as a reigning world champion after the WBO stripped him of his junior welterweight title. Algieri and his promoters are lamenting the fact that he has lost his crown without being given a chance to defend it.