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article imageOp-Ed: Why Chris Algieri can't do to Pacquiao what he did to Provodnikov

By Leo Reyes     Nov 9, 2014 in Sports
Unbeaten light welterweight champion Chris Algieri is hoping he can do to Manny Pacquiao what he did to Ruslan Provodnikov when he scored a split decision victory despite the two knockdowns he suffered in the first round of their title fight last June 14.
If Algieri wants to duplicate the game plan that he used in the Provodnikov fight, Pacquiao could finish him early in the rounds.
It would be better for him to try a different strategy as Pacquiao does not fight like Provodnikov, whose mobility is the opposite of Pacquiao's speed in the ring.
Algieri should be praised for his high confidence level as he plans to dominate Pacquiao in every round to impress the judges in case the fight is decided on the scorecard.
"People always ask about that -- if I'm worried about fighting there or getting a decision. I don't think like that. I'm a positive guy. It happens in the sport [people getting robbed], but if it happens it happen. I don't ever plan on having close fights," Algieri said. "I plan on dominating my fights. I'm coming with the same game plan for this fight," Algieri told Boxing Scene.
But fighting like he did with the former Pacquiao sparring partner would be very dangerous for the unbeaten American, who has a very low knockout record in his last 20 pro fights.
It is possible though that Algieri and his trainers are just diverting Pacquiao's own game plan which may have been devised based on what they have seen on the Provodnikov fight.
Algieri could surprise everyone on fight night with a completely different fighting style as part of his team's diversionary tactic.
Whatever Algieri plans to do, he should avoid risky experiment in the ring with Pacquiao as he could be done and out early in the game.
The best thing to do is for Algieri to maximize the use of his superiority in height and reach or his overall size advantage over the eight-weight champ.
Algieri's options are limited because even though he moves quickly in the ring, Pacquiao is way ahead in terms of power and speed. To match Pacquiao's speed is an exercise in futility for the aspiring fighter from New York.
Algieri's near-flawless jabs could work best for Algieri when he confronts Pacquiao in the ring. It can spoil Pacquiao's ability to penetrate inside his perimeter knowing his skill to score and earn points from what the judges could see.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Allgieri Macau Nov. 22
Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Allgieri Macau Nov. 22
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As Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said, jabs can win fights, citing some elite fighters who won fights because of their effective jabs.
Although Pacquiao has the needed experience in fighting taller and bigger opponents, it would be his first time to face a bigger opponent with known deadly jabs.
In order to be competitive in the ring with the veteran Filipino boxing star, Algieri has no other option but to enhance his superior advantages in order to have a fighting chance against the experienced and highly-skilled eight-weight champ.
Best of all, Algieri should never use the game plan he applied against Provodnikov or he will retire early in the game.
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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