WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) knows an impressive win tonight in over WBO light-welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0-0, 8 KOs) puts even more pressure on Floyd Mayweather to stop dodging and fight him.
Chris Algieri believes Pacquiao has never been more vulnerable. He believes he has the skills and smarts to expose him and stake his claim to glory.
The family man Algieri comes in as a massive 19/4 +475 underdog, according to Bodog.ca, but he’s shown in the past an uncanny ability and intelligence to rise to the occasion.
The Pacman comes in at a 2/15 -750 line.
Can he derail Manny like Juan Manuel Marquez?
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts.
Algieri is making his pay-per-view debut here, earning $1.5 million USD tonight in Macau, China.
Algieri suffered a scare at the weigh-ins, coming in heavy at 144.4 lbs, and needed an hour to make the weight (143.6).
TALE OF THE TAPE
MANNY PACQUIAO (56-5-2, 38 KOs)
AGE – 33 YEARS
HEIGHT – 5′ 6″
WEIGHT – 143.8 lbs
REACH – 67 “
CHRIS ALGIERI (20-0-0, 8 KOs)
AGE – 30 YEARS
HEIGHT – 5′ 10″
WEIGHT – 144.4 lbs (made weight at 143.6)
REACH – 72 “
Andrews: Styles makes fights and this one is no different. Algieri comes in with a height and 5-inch reach and knows how to use it. If he can keep Pacquiao from pressuring him with that jab, it would be a big key to a win. He’s a smart guy, he’s a tough guy, but he’s never been in the ring with a guy like Pacquiao. Throughout the pre-amble, he’s shown confidence, and flamboyance, without straying into arrogance. Can he do here what he’s done previously to guys like Ruslan Provodnikov?
I don’t think Algieri can hurt Pacman like Marquez did. That means he has to box him and take starch out from the beginning. Piling up the points on Manny is possible, but improbabe. Pacquiao had a good camp – according to Freddie Roach – and is looking for the knockout.
Pacquiao needs to be the aggressor, pressuring Algieri to the body to take his cardio in the later rounds. If a hungry Manny shows up tonight, there should not be any problems here. Fight as if the Mayweather fight depends on it.
Which, it does.
Andrews Prediction: Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao via unanimous decision