IN four weeks time, on November 22 in Macau, little-known Chris Algieri will challenge one of boxing’s superpowers, Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino superstar has been accused of taking his New York opponent lightly, and a recent appearance playing basketball for the team he coaches has only heightened those feelings. Here, Pacquiao, along with coach Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum, responds to the criticism, and explains why he will vanquish the underdog.
FREDDIE ROACH: We have had a great training camp so far wit the workouts with Manny. Last time we began with four rounds and this time my first day in camp we went 12 rounds and Manny wasn’t even breathing. We have had a great start, probably the best start we have ever had and sparring has been going very well – we have over 35 rounds of sparring in so far and we have some great sparring partners (Viktor) Postol the number one contender in the world, Mike Jones who is a big 147-pounder and Stan Martyniouk, from San Francisco. All the guys are tall and I think some guys are better than our opponent, but we will see very soon.
Manny Pacquiao: Hello everyone and thanks for being on the call. I am excited again to fight against a tall opponent like Chris Algieri. I have fought tall guys like Algieri before so I know what it will be like when I get in the ring with him on November 22.