WE need our illusions. Imagination and faith can drive people further than they thought possible. Listening to Chris Algieri in the days before his WBO welterweight title challenge, all of it, in theory, made sense. But the best laid plans can go awry when Manny Pacquiao hits you in the face.
Algieri looked convincing. A man of science with a degree in nutrition, he could move smoothly and throw crisp punches. He had form, a style and a case to make, rational in its argument, that he could outbox the great Pacquiao. The first crack in his demeanour appeared on the scales, when he needed a couple of attempts to come in at their agreed 144lbs catchweight, particularly embarrassing for Algieri as he was responsible for his own diet. That fissure in his confidence splintered wide the next day while in the ring at the Cotai Arena, with Manny himself bearing down on the callow American.
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