Pacquiao vs Algieri Recap
by Sam S: Manny Pacquiao, who scored 6 official knockdowns (although only 4 were legit), beat Chris Algieri by a shut out scoring of 119-103 on two score cards and 120-102 on the other. When was the last time you saw a score line like that? The fight was over in round 9 for me after a huge knockdown, Algieri was counted out, for some reason the referee didn’t count properly and got caught up in the moment. Another knockdown followed but the clock saved Algieri. The fight should have been stopped at that time..
Positive points: He showed good coordination with hands, body and feet. Outstanding footwork. Good and lethal combinations. Hand speed was great. Explosiveness of the punches were there. Punches were snappy. He had the killer instinct. He applied pressure throughout and didn’t seem to get tired over 12 rounds.
Negative points:- He was too wild most of the time in the fight. The reason was that he had no respect for Chris Algieri’s power and hence took a shot to get in range, hammer and get out, getting countered a number of times doing so. I think that was just part of the game plan to overwhelm Chris. When Manny fought Rios he had a different game plan, he circled around and boxed more, against Bradley was more of a counter puncher when Bradley was aggressive. In this fight he was the aggressor so he took chances. I think that is not so much of a worrying sign if Manny fights Floyd, as he will have a different game plan for that fight and not the one used in this fight.
The thing to worry about though is that he did not cut the ring properly, he kept following Algieri. Cutting the ring would have saved him more energy and would have had Algieri in corner at times where he could use that extra saved energy to go for the kill. Pac also took some right hands, which didn’t faze him, but, against a bigger puncher that could mean lights out, although I think Pacquiao would box more and exchanges less, like in Rios fight..
Positive points: He kept getting back up and trying to fight back. He countered Manny a few times although that was because of Pacquiao’s over aggressive mood and non respect of Algieri’s power, still, he scored some right hands.
Negative points: After a point when he knew Pacquiao was way ahead on scorecards, he should have gone all out, which would mean a risk getting knocked out. That was Algieir`s last resort to catch Manny with something considerable and in the process win the fight. He didn’t even try. He had no combinations flowing, only a jab. Very rarely did he throw any other punch. He seemed clueless as to what was happening, which was what I had predicted in one of my previous articles. He was exposed. He can fight only slow ‘ish’ type fighters. He has a poor chin… in the last two fights he has gone down 8 times.
Algieri`s corner people were very delusional and non realistic. He might want to change to a boxing coach rather than a kick boxing coach if he wants to continue boxing. There was a very comical moment in the fight when Tim Lane was being interviewed during the 9th round and he said that Chris will put Manny to sleep within next two rounds and just then Manny knocked Algieri down hard. Also, after the 11th round, Tim Lane was heard saying that this is The Chris Algieri show to Chris in the corner, which was weird after his fighter had been down on the canvas 6 times.
Who should Manny Pacquiao fight next? Thats a no brainer. Floyd Mayweather, duh. Lets hope that fight finally happens!
Who should Chris Algieri fight next? I have heard that there was a rematch clause for Ruslan fight…