If you think Chris Algieri is an underdog with a zero chance of defeating Pacquiao think again. Algieri was a huge underdog in his fight with Ruslan Provodnikov earlier this year. In that fight he was suppose to be an opponent that was simply going to be “fed” to the powerful Provodnikov, who early in his childhood ate raw meat. In the first round that appeared to be the case as he was knocked down multiple times.
Yet like all great underdogs he got up when he was knocked down fought back and ultimately won the fight with only one eye since the other was swollen shut courtesy of Provodnikov’s power punches.
In the Philippines Pacquiao is a super famous living legend and in his country considered the peoples champ. In contrast, what does that make his opponent, relatively unknown Algieri? Perhaps he could be the “People with master’s degree still living in their parent’s basement champ”.
In the HBO series 24/7 the focus was to compare and contrast the current lifestyle of the two fighters as a way to build up the feel good underdog story. If the focus is on backstories all are winners. Algieri has his shot at fighting the great Pacquiao, he will earn enough money to move into his own place and have a great story to tell his family and friends. More importantly fight fans and media can continue with the chatter of a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
In the fight game there is something motivating with getting punched in the face. Only a few understand that feeling of motivation, amongst the few is Algieri. At the time Algieri was the only fighter willing to step into the ring with Provodnikov.
After getting knocked down on two occasions and punched repeatedly to the point he became unrecognizable he walked away with a victory and Provodnikov’s WBO championship belt. That performance earned him a pay day with Pacquiao.
What motivates Algieri? Is it this moment? Or the opportunity to continue his climb out of boxing obscurity, and his mother’s basement? His motivation could surprise the boxing world.
There is no doubt the odds are in favor of Manny Pacquioa, the only eight division world champion. If you truly believe Algeri has zero chance of winning there is nothing wrong with that. At least know that the elements of an upset are real. Question is will they build up into the perfect storm? If you don’t believe an upset is in the forecast a man like Chris Algieri is fine with that, he has weathered that storm before.
Pacquiao vs. Algieri takes place Saturday, November 22 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The fight will take place at The Venetian Macao, Macau, China.
In the United States the live viewing party will take place exclusively at Palazzo located inside the Venetian Resort and Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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