• Roach belittles Algieri’s ‘conquest’ of southpaw pugs

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    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.

    MASTER AND STUDENT Manny Pacquiao (right) trains with Freddie Roach. AFP FILE PHOTO

    MASTER AND STUDENT Manny Pacquiao (right) trains with Freddie Roach. AFP FILE PHOTO

    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.”

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    1. See freddie is telling everyone here in the softest tones possible that chris algieri was selected as by far the easiest option for manny. Its so strange how team pacquiao have been avoiding welterweights, especially those with power for over 3 years now. I have never once on here seen any of you pinoy writers criticise manny for this terrible selection of sub standard fighters. Surely a fighter is supposed to defend his world titles against guys from that weight class. & if not a champion should still be fighting guys from the same or heavier weight classes, but in 6 fights manny has foughe only 1 welterweight & that welterweight has never fought another welterweight. Im sorry but right now manny has made boxing a bit of a joke. Gone are the days since manny dominated fighters & some were scared of him, it seems now its him who is scared of guys his own weight.

      • of course you cannot just under estimate algiere for he defeated the Russian pugilist who almost defeated bradly. although of course we love many pacquiao to win, but certainly this fight is a good fight and many are excited to see this match.