This weekend boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will enter the ring once again as a big favourite, this time against 30-year-old Chris Algieri.
Pacquiao, aged 35, holds a record of 56 wins, five losses and two draws and is a remarkable eight weight world champion.
He possesses great hand-speed, good power and a fantastic work rate but some feel he is a fighter on the decline following his knock out loss to long-term rival Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
Pacquiao doesn't seem to have the same knock out power that he used to possess but he still throws blisteringly quick combinations which opponents struggle to evade and combat effectively.
Algieri The New Kid On The Block
Algieri was a relatively unknown boxer until his last fight against the then WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov. Provodnikov is a brutal fighter who fights at a relentless pace and is able to endure severe punishment and keep on going.
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Algieri was the massive underdog going into the fight and many expected him to be knocked out in the early rounds. Such critics would have been looking smug in the first round when he was knocked down twice in the first round.
Algieri A Gutsy Fighter
His eye had swollen hugely yet he was able to fight back and get Provodnikov to fight as he wanted. He outfoxed the tough Russian showing true heart and determination to seize his big chance. Algieri was given the win on a split decision and has now been given a chance of a lifetime against Pacquiao up at welterweight.
Big Height Advantage
Standing at 5ft 10 inches tall possesses a big height advantage over Pacquiao so we can expect him to try and keep the fight at distance with his good jab and try to negate the more aggressive strategy of his opponent.
Pacquiao in contrast will look to use his speed to get up close and land his combinations and force Algieri out of his comfort zone. He will try to work at a quick pace and make sure that Algieri is put under pressure throughout the contest.
This will however be a tough task against one of the legends of the sport who has faced off with an incredible list of world class boxers such as Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales.
Algieri Moving Up In Weight
Algieri has put on muscle for this fight and managed to keep the same fat percentage as previously. This is testament to the dedication that he has put into this fight and he does look in great physical condition. He looks absolutely chiselled and couldn’t appear to be physically in a better shape.
Algieri is a former champion kick-boxer and he really mustn't be underrated in this fight as he in a good technical fighter who has physical advantages over Pacquiao. Despite this Pacquiao must face criticism for picking Algieri as his latest opponent.
Algieri is a relative novice at the top level and if Floyd Mayweather had picked Algieri to fight then he would have been slaughtered by boxing fans.
It is only fair that Pacquiao is subject to the same standards as one of the greats of the sport and his generation. Both Pacquiao and Mayweather are constantly mentioned in the same conversation and it is rare to mention one without the other.
Pacquiao To Come Away Successfully
Pacquiao should come through this fight successfully and will be looking to get the knock out which has evaded him since fighting Miguel Cotto some five years ago. This is something regularly talked about and he will be desperate to show the world that he still has that knock out power in his lightning quick hands.
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