Pacquiao outclasses Algieri, calls out Mayweather Jr. anew

Milan Ordoņez on Nov 23, 2014 02:48 PM
Pacquiao outclasses Algieri
Photo credit: Manny Pacquiao Facebook fan page/Chris Farina

MANILA – “Manny Pacquiao is the best in the world at fighting like Manny Pacquiao.” Gracious in his first career defeat, Chris Algieri had nothing but praises for his opponent after being shut out for the entire 36 minutes of action.

The opening rounds of the contest featured a more comfortable Algieri, who fought effectively off his jab and used his pivot and movement to negate most of Pacquiao’s primary shots. It was only a matter of time before the projected mismatch coming into the bout began to manifest.

As Pacquiao began to increase his punch output while mixing up his shots, he was able to inflict more damage to which Algieri had not much answer for. The Filipino champion’s flurries began connecting, leading to the first set of knockdowns in the first half of the fight. From then on, Pacquiao never looked back, albeit slowing his pace down briefly.

Despite Algieri landing straight right hands from time to time, Pacquiao was able to close the distance to cancel the jab out and continue his head hunting from a distance he was more comfortable with. A total of six knockdowns went on Pacquiao’s tally, en route to a lopsided unanimous decision verdict.

Judges scored the bout 119-103, 119-103, and 120-102. During the post-fight interview, what seemed to be a customary practice during Pacquiao fights was once again upheld: questions regarding the much anticipated Floyd Mayweather mega bout.

While Pacquiao jokingly alluded to his now famous Footlocker commercial, the reigning WBO welterweight champion is optimistic that the fight will finally take place in the coming year. But this time around, he spoke with more finality and indirectly left the next move up to his long time paper rival.

“I'm ready to fight [him] next year,” Pacquiao told HBO Boxing’s Max Kellerman. Manny Pacquiao now improves to a record of 57-5-2, while Algieri drops down to a win-loss slate of 20-1.

Undercard results:

• Zou Shiming def. Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym by unanimous decision (119-106, 119-16, 120-103)

• Vasyl Lomachenko def. Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo by unanimous decision (120-107 on all scorecards)

• Jessie Vargas def. Antonio DeMarco by unanimous decision (116-112 on all scorecards)

 

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