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article imageOp-Ed: Nervous Algieri could succumb to Pacquiao's first round attack

By Leo Reyes     Nov 17, 2014 in Sports
A natural reaction for someone who is being threatened with violence or death is to feel nervous which could lead to the person being threatened to get disoriented while the threat is imminent.
This natural human behavior is being applied by Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach to get unbeaten American boxing sensation Chris Algieri off-balanced and nervous when he confronts Pacquiao in the ring over the weekend in Macau, China.
Algieri, who is coming off a split decision victory against former Pacquiao's sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov, is aiming to dethrone Pacquiao of his WBO welterweight crown at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort & Casino.
Algieri claims he is not paying attention to Roach's mind games which is part of the Hall of Fame trainer's usual strategy to gain psychological advantage over Pacquiao's opponents.
Barely a week before the fight, Roach telegraphed a short but psychologically damaging message to Algieri. Instead of the "inside six rounds" prediction, Roach is now saying that the fight will be over in the first round.
Shy of vocalizing his prediction, Roach pointed his forefinger up when asked about a possible knockout win, indicating the round Pacquiao will knock Algieri out. Read more.
“Manny only needs one round to keep his crown,” the Hall of Fame trainer told Philboxing's Eddie Alinea.
Algieri denies he is affected by Roach's mind games but it would be normal for anyone in a real situation to be affected when there is a threat to his life.
Knowing that Pacquiao is targeting a first round KO, Algieri's expected behavior in the ring would be to fortify his defense and maintain a distance for possible counter attack or run around the ring to avoid Pacquiao's relentless assault.
If Algieri survives the first round attack, he would have a better fighting chance and drag the fight to second round onward.
Still, Algieri would be vulnerable to the first round KO threat and he would be lucky if he survives Pacquiao's attack.
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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