Algieri hopes to reach for the stars in Pacquaio bout
By Venus Wu
MACAU (Reuters) - Confident and unbeaten, WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri believes his strong jab can nullify the speed and power of boxing great Manny Pacquiao and propel the New Yorker to legendary status.
The American faces easily the sternest test of his six-year professional career when he steps into the Macau ring on Nov. 22 against Pacquiao, winner of world titles in eight different weight divisions, for the Filipino's WBO welterweight crown.
The two men squared off at a promotional event for the bout in the Asian gambling enclave on Monday with the 1.78 meter American towering over Pacquiao and he will need to use his longer reach to keep the 'Pac Man' at bay come fight night.
"That's why the number one thing that would concern me would be his experience," the 30-year-old Algieri told reporters.
"In terms of his speed and footwork and the things he does that everyone looks at when they think of Manny, I'm not so worried about that stuff, because what I feel is the great equaliser in boxing is the jab.
"I don't care what you got. I don't care how strong you are. I don't care how fast you are. A good jab and a good mind can neutralize anything."
Algieri picked himself off the canvas twice in the first round of his last bout in June against Russian Ruslan Provodnikov on his way to a split decision victory that improved his record to 20-0 with eight knockouts.
The American showed great heart in edging Provodnikov in the New York bout but it remains unlikely that the wily Pacquiao would allow such mercy. Continued...