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article imageOp-Ed: Why Algieri won't engage Pacquaio toe-to-toe on Nov. 22

By Leo Reyes     Sep 28, 2014 in Sports
On Nov. 22 at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort & Casino in Macau, China, unbeaten American boxer Chris Algieri will share the spotlight with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and most likely he won't go toe-to-toe with the Filipino star.
Algieri knows that mixing it up with Pacquiao could be very dangerous as he could be an easy target and the chances of getting hit with a solid power shot would be greater if he engaged in a fist fight with the Filipino star. Such a move could lead to a knockdown or even an outright knockout in the early rounds.
Pacquiao, who is a known knockout artist during the height of his career, has shown that he has recovered well from his back-to-back defeats.
Pacquiao suffered two successive losses after a 16-fight winning streak that include a highly controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in June 2012 and his stunning KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.
Keeping his promise to his fans that he will rise again, he proved it when he faced the rugged Brandon Rios in Macau, China for his return fight after a yearlong layoff following his loss to Marquez.
Pacquiao dominated the Rios fight in his comeback bid and showed great improvement when he faced Bradley in a rematch last April.
Pacquiao's unanimous victory over Bradley in the recent rematch showed that the Filipino boxing star has undoubtedly regained his old fighting form.
Algieri is expected to run round Pacquiao in the ring and engage him briefly as he gets out real quick to avoid Pacquiao's power shots.
Obviously, Algieri recognizes Pacquiao's speed and power and he knows that he can match it with his own.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Allgieri Macau Nov. 22
Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Allgieri Macau Nov. 22
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Algieri's option would be to match Pacquiao's speed in the ring which he can very well do and improve that speed in his training all the way up to the fight. Then he could match Pacquiao speed for an even match as far as speed is concerned.
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In the power game, Pacquiao has a definite edge over Algieri particularly if the shot emanates from his left hand being a southpaw.
This is where Algieri needs to watch out as he isn't known as a power puncher, having only a 40 percent knockout rating.
In order to score, Algieri has no choice but to engage Pacquiao in the pocket and hope to land a solid shot for a possible upset, but it would be difficult job to do because of Pacquiao's speed and his ability to spot unobstructed targets in a skirmish situation.
Boxing analysts and observers say that running around and fighting from a safe distance will come naturally for Algieri because he has been used to that that kind of fighting style but he could surprise everyone with a new-found strategy to snatch a victory over the eight-division world champion.
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 DigitalJournal.com
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