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article imageOp-Ed: Chris Algieri may retreat once he feels Pacquiao's awesome power

By Leo Reyes     Nov 2, 2014 in Sports
At this stage of his training, unbeaten American Chris Algieri is confident he will beat eight-division world titleholder Manny Pacquiao when they clash at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort & Casino on Nov. 22
But Algieri's confidence level could vanish once Pacquiao overtakes his speed and he feels his awesome power in the early rounds.
Experts and boxing analysts say that once Algieri feels Pacquiao's punching power, he may run away and retreat to his corner.
"Algieri's quality of opposition is very low, I think he hasn't experienced a heavy punch." said veteran broadcaster and sports commentator Joaquin Henson, who has spent three hours watching Pacquiao and his sparring partners the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City Thursday.
Henson was impressed with Pacquiao's endurance and his dedication to his craft after witnessing how Pacquiao trains really hard for his upcoming clash with Algieri.
“So it's a good three hours of solid work na halos walang interruption,” said Henson. “I said to myself, this guy is 35 years old, this guy has won eight championships in eight different divisions and yet he's super devoted to his craft and making himself better.”
Henson predicts that Pacquiao will win against Algieri by knockout in six rounds or less.
Pacquiao is barely three weeks away from his showdown with Algieri in Macau, China.
The reigning WBO welterweight champion and his entourage led by trainer Freddie Roach will fly to Macau on Nov. 17 for the final phase of his training.
Roach is also predicting that Pacquiao will win over Algieri. Two weeks ago, Pacquiao said the fight could end in six rounds or less.
A convincing win by Pacquiao against Algieri could trigger the start of serious negotiations for a possible clash with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. early next year.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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