Legend of the sport Manny Pacquaio will return to the ring this November against the unbeaten current WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
Pacquiao is world renowned and has achieved incredible things in the boxing ring including becoming an eight division world champion. His opponent is much less famous with only real boxing fans knowing who he is.
Agieri is a man who came to prominence last time out when defeating the then champion and stablemate of the aforementioned Pacquiao, Ruslan Provodnikov. Provodinkov is a relentless worker and combined with his power he has become a firm fan favourite.
Provodnikov started the fight in fantastic fashion by flooring Algieri twice in the opening round and caused major swelling around his opponents eyes. Algieri wasn't to be disillusioned though as he fought back and began to outbox the rugged Provodnikov.
Algieri was given the decision on the scores of 114-112 twice and 109-117. This was a close fight and naturally there was disagreement as to who should have claimed the victory.
Algieri at five foot ten is some three and a half inches taller than Pacquiao and has a good jab which will surely be the foundation of his work.
Fight failing to inspire fans
This fight is however failing to capture the imagination of the boxing fans with the general consensus that Algieri will provide an easy opponent for Pacquiao and his far superior boxing ability.
Many believe that Pacquiao is too fast, too skilful and too powerful for Algieri and that the fight will represent an uncompetitive match between two men who shouldn't be fighting.
Algieri has never fought at welterweight before but has cashed in on his last fight and taken what for him is the biggest fight out there. You cannot blame Algieri for taking this opportunity as it is the chance of a lifetime for him.
Pacquiao will have to remain focused on this fight but he himself doesn't seem particularly interested having said, “He can box. I’m not saying he’s really good but he’s not bad. He’s OK,” about Algieri.
Often Floyd Mayweather is the man who receives huge criticism for the men he is fighting with calls of cherry-picking going on. Mayweather has many suggest that he picks and chooses the easier fighters to face and receives so much abuse for it.
If Mayweather had chosen to fight Algieri we would not hear the end of the criticism and it is unfair to a certain extent that Pacquiao as an elite fighter isn't receiving the same level of critique for this fight.
Pacquiao is the huge favourite going into this fight which is really expected to be a one-sided affair creating little interest.