MANNY Pacquiao’s long time trainer Freddie Roach said that
he is not impressed by Chris Algieri’s claim that he has defeated a lot of southpaw boxers stressing that all those fighters were not of the same caliber as Pacman.
Roach, 54, currently trains the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Pacquiao for his upcoming title fight against the unbeaten American junior WBO welterweight titleholder Algieri on November 23 at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel in Macau.
“Whose southpaw?” Roach told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “I do not remember any southpaw guys he beat in boxing. In fact, Algieri was knocked out before in kickboxing matches that’s how I remember him.”
Algieri, 30, who holds 20-0 win-loss card with 38 knockouts) said last week that he bested southpaw pugs like Eric Rodriguez (by third round knockout), Curtis Smith (via unanimous decision) and Wilfredo Acuna (via seventh round referee stoppage).
“My coach, Tim Lane is actually a southpaw. He’s a lefty. So, we’ve never had a problem dealing with any southpaws in the past and Tim knows all of the southpaw tricks and how do deal with them,” Algieri, 30, told Lem Satterfield of The Ring.
“It’s just that when you are talking about southpaws in general, it’s dealing with punches from that angle and getting used to a right hook as opposed to a left hook and to a straight left hand coming down the pipe with power or the jab from that side and getting comfortable with that, he added.
But Roach, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s five-time coach of the year awardee brushed off Algieri’s claim, “He is just a good talker, it’s pure talk and that’s absolutely nothing. I have no any idea who are those fighters. I can’t remember any of them. They are not in the level of Pacquiao’s caliber.”
Roach predicted that Pacquiao (56-5-2 slate with 38 knockouts) would knockout the right-handed or orthodox stance boxer Algieri in the sixth or seventh round.
“Manny is now in great condition and with the way I see it, he will win by knockout which the fans are longing for a long, long time.”