News | May 11 2015

Chris Algieri: ‘Manny Pacquiao seemed more focused before our fight than against Floyd Mayweather’

The last man to fight Manny before Mayweather thought Pacquiao was strangely animated before the big fight, writes John Dennen
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‘SHOULDER-GATE’ became a significant talking point after Manny Pacquiao‘s loss to Floyd Mayweather, when the beaten man cited an injury to his shoulder in the fight’s aftermatch. Chris Algieri, the last man before Mayweather to box Pacquiao, couldn’t detect any problems hampering Manny during the fight, though he was surprised by the Filipino’s cheery demeanour beforehand. “I didn’t really see anything physically. I saw a little more mental. He seemed more focused from my fight, to tell you the truth. Even at the weigh-in, he was bubbly and smiley. He wasn’t that way with myself when we were in China. That’s neither here nor there. You don’t know whether that could be anything,” Algieri said.

After enduring a torrid night against “Pacman” in Macau last November, when he was floored six times, the New Yorker has another demanding assignment coming up next. He’ll box Amir Khan on May 29, though at least Algieri will have home advantage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “You know, I’ve never been that guy, to take an easy route or an easy fight. I’ve come up very fast in both of the sports I’ve come up in. Even at a young age when I was kickboxing, I took on big fights. In my young boxing career, it’s been a constant step-up my entire career,” Chris said. “I have not been one of those guys who has moved along gingerly. I’ve been excited to tackle big opponents and big fights on big stages. This is par for the course for my career.

“We’re all competitors. We’re all out there to win. There’s a reason we do this at the elite level. You have to have a burning desire to be a winner.


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