New York native, Chris Algieri is approaching the biggest fight of his career against boxing icon Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night in Macau, China. Betting odds has the Filipino star a huge favorite of -1400 and has given his undefeated opponent; Algieri a very slim chance to none of winning including pegged as a +800 underdog. Those odds could be very discouraging for any opponent going into battle, but this underdog says, “Because of those odds, he plans to shock the world.”
According to Newsday, Algieri made it known that he knows Pacquiao and his southpaw style of fighting all too well, and feel he will come out victorious night of the fight. Algieri said, “Most guys avoid southpaws, but I didn’t have an option because of the way I came up.” Meaning he was desperate for any fight he could get regardless of the opponent, during the earlier stages of his pro career.
He said, “I’m definitely not a ‘built’ champion. I had to fight my whole way up which is one of the reasons I don’t have many knockouts as a lot of other guys. My pro debut was a lefty; my second pro fight was a lefty. I think we’ve fought seven already. It’s never been an issue.”
Matchmaker Ron Katz told Newsday, he believes Chris Algieri has a strong shot to beat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, Nov. 22. He recalls two tough 10-round decisions his fighter endured last year over Jose Peralta and Michail Arnaoutis, who landed a clean left on Algieri’s chin. “It stunned him and he went into the ropes,”said Katz. He then said, “Chris collected himself, and he is so intelligent—which is why he has a good chance against Pacquiao; that he knows how to fend off a finishing attack and turn the advantage to himself. That totally frustrates a guy who thinks he’s a punch away from winning.”
Maybe that same formula is what produced the results of Algieri’s 12-round split decision win over brutal opponent Ruslan Provodnikov back in June 2014. It was his unstoppable will and determination to continue fighting after suffering bad swelling around his left eye from a big punch, and being knocked down twice by Provodnikov in the early rounds. Algieri’s courageous attitude in the ring with quickness and good footwork has lead to 20 victories without a single defeat. He’s one of few boxers who didn’t have much of an ametuer career like most in the sport, but has continued to improved beyond expectations.
At 30-years-old and still in his prime, light welterweight champion Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) is a former kick-boxer who has transformed those unique skills into an elite boxing. He has several advantages over the betting favorite Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) who is now 35-years-old and questionable by some of not being the same fighter he were in his prime. He has height, reach and youth over the older Filipino boxer, which could be all he need to make it a long night.
Some feel that Pacquiao should have looked the other way while choosing an opponent for this date. Showtime’s Boxing Hall of Famer and sports analyst, Al Bernstein recently said this fight could be very dangerous in many ways for the champ. He said he likes what he see in the New York boxer and believes he possesses all the necessary skills to beat Pacquiao.
The former kick-boxer comes with not just fighting skills, but intelligence as well. He’s highly educated in healthcare science with two degrees including a master’s. According to BoxRec.com, his sole desire is to combine his experience as a world-class athlete and his knowledge of nutrition to spearhead a practice designed to treat competitive athletes without use of unnecessary surgeries, pharmaceuticals or long lay-offs. Will that make a difference once he’s in the ring with the Filipino Slugger? No one really knows. It definitely can’t hurt and should play into his conditioning which allows any fighter maximum endurance during a 12-round warfare.
With just a few days left before fight time, Chris Algieri aka ‘The King of New York’ has a great chance of shocking the world; if only he can muster up one more brilliant fight plan to defeat WBO welterweight superstar Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao. This fight is looked upon by trainer Freddie Roach and their camp as an easy road to Floyd Mayweather Jr., but Algieri and his camp begs to differ. If they’re smelling an upset for their native New Yorker, they will make believers out everyone watching and the rematch clause will kick in immediately.
If an upset happens, not only will he be recognized all over the world as the ‘huge underdog’ who upset the Filipino icon, but also the fighter who derailed one of the most anticipated future boxing events in sports history, Mayweather-Pacquiao. News like that would travel around the world so fast, Algieri himself would have to pause, and take a deep breath—because life as he’s known it will never be the same.