Algieri: Mayweather beats Pacquiao in a non-competitive fight
By Dan Ambrose: Chris Algieri was soundly beaten by WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in Macau, China. But with that said, Algieri says Pacquiao doesn’t match up well with Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he sees Pacquiao losing that fight if it winds up getting made in 2015.
Algieri doesn’t think the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will get made. He feels that the way things are going right now, he doesn’t think the fight will get made between the two super stars of the sport. For Algieri to pick Mayweather to beat Pacquiao by a one-sided fight, you have to believe that Algieri is serious. He was beaten easily by Pacquiao.
Algieri thinks it’s not the greatest fight that can get made due to Mayweather and Pacquiao’s advanced age, and because of the style match-up. Neither of the two fighters are in their prime any longer, as both guys are heading towards 40. But Algieri sees Mayweather as having the wrong kind of style for Pacquiao to do well against.
“Neither guy is in their prime, they’re both fantastic fighters, but it’s also about styles,” Algieri said to Hitfirstboxing. “Manny is a great fighter but I don’t think he’s going to match up well with Floyd’s particular style. I don’t think it’s going to be a particularly exciting fight and I don’t think it’s going to be a particularly competitive fight. I’ve got Floyd winning that fight. Manny would definitely make it somewhat interesting but I see Floyd taking that fight.”
Mayweather would likely box Pacquiao in the same way that he did Marcos Maidana in their recent rematch. Maidana didn’t have the leg speed or the boxing ability to compete with Mayweather in that fight. Other than one huge punch that Maidana landed early in the fight that briefly hurt Mayweather, it was all Mayweather with him dominating Maidana.
Pacquiao, as good as he is as a fighter, is no better at cutting off the ring than Maidana is. In fact, you can make an argument that Maidana is better at cutting off the ring than Pacquiao because he’s a pure pressure fighter with more size than Pacquiao and a much better jab.
Mayweather would likely get on his bike and present himself as a moving target for 12 rounds, and this would keep Pacquiao from being able to land his blistering fast combinations.
“Personally, I do not think the fight is going to ever happen,” Algieri said about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. “They’re not any closer to making it than they ever were, and I think that’s really indicative that the fights really not going to happen.”
Algieri is probably right about the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight not getting made. Judging by the stance that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has taken recently about him not being interested in letting Pacquiao fight Mayweather on May 2nd due to it being a Mexican holiday, it really doesn’t seem like there’s high interest from Arum in making that fight for some reason. Who knows why Arum isn’t willing to let Pacquiao fight on May 2nd. That’s Arum’s thing.
If Pacquiao doesn’t fight Mayweather in early 2015, then you can expect Arum to match Pacquiao against one of his fighters like Jessie Vargas. Arum will likely make that fight and hope for the best in terms of pay-per-view. Since Vargas has a tiny fan base, Arum would probably stage the fight in Macau, China if he can get one of the casinos to offer up a huge site fee.
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