PACQUIAO NOVEMBER 23 FIGHT IS LIKE ALI's '75 'THRILLA' 

NOV 4 --The Nov. 23 fight is going to be held in the East but almost everything is geared towards the West. Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao The Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri world welterweight title fight will be held at The Venetian in Macau and the opening bell is estimated at 12:15 p.m. so it can be beamed live on primetime TV in the US. It’s not just that fight that will be held to accommodate the US pay-per-view audience but there important events as well like the formal arrival of the fighters, their open workout, roundtable interviews of the trainers, press conference and even the official weighin.

Although Algieri will hit Macau on Nov. 14 and Pacquiao on Nov. 17, Top Rank has lined up the formal arrival rites at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 (Tuesday). The press conference is likewise penciled at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 (Wednesday) and the roundtable interviews of Pacquiao cornerman Freddie Roach and Algieri strategist Tim Lane at 11 a.m. on Nov. 21 (Friday). Even the weighin will be staged early with the fighters ordered to strip down at 7 a.m. on Nov. 22 (Saturday). This same thing happened when the country played host to the 1975 Thrilla in Manila when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier rumbled for 14 rounds at the Araneta Coliseum. Ali and Frazier waged a bloody war at around noontime so the fight can be seen live via satellite in the US on primetime.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Algieri claims Roach nervous as fight nears 

NOV 7 --PHOTO: Freddie Roach --MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach had insisted that Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners are better than Chris Algieri, the Filipino icon’s opponent for Nov. 23. Pacquiao has been grinding it out in sparring against contenders Viktor Postol, Stan Martyniouk and Mike Jones in General Santos City, hardly having any problems with them. He even broke Postol’s nose during one session. If Roach is right and Algieri is indeed inferior to those three, then it’s going to be an easy night for Pacquiao two weeks from now at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao. But Algieri claimed Roach made the remark to mask what the trainer has been feeling as the fight draws near. “He’s nervous,” Algieri said in a report by Chris Robinson HustleBoss.com.

Though the undefeated New Yorker clearly isn’t fond of the way Roach is dismissing him, he said he’s not letting it get to his mind and disrupt his focus. “Simple as that. He’s acting out of character because he’s nervous. That doesn’t stuff doesn’t affect me at all. I’m not that guy,” Algieri added. Roach is known to be outspoken prior to fights, and he has done all the talking for Pacquiao, who rarely talks trash about his opponents. Algieri, for his part, just brushed it off. “It’s not going to work on me,” he said of Roach talking smack, adding his focus has never been better. “It comes. I feel the focus and intensity increasing and that’s just how it goes in training camp. A little more eyes on the prize. The training gets more focused. You have no choice,” Algieri also said. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Algieri sees Pacquiao fight as springboard 

Chris Algieri is putting himself in a must-win situation against Manny Pacquiao, stressing that coming out victorious in their November 23 fight would lead to greater things. In a blog entry posted on thesweetscience.com, the undefeated American said there’s just too much at stake in his clash with Pacquiao. “This is the top of the sport. The winner here goes on to make the biggest fights that are possible, not only the welterweight division, but in all of boxing,” Algieri wrote. From an obscure fighter, the New York-based Algieri badly wants to barge into superstardom by beating Pacquiao, a boxing icon still rated as one of the best boxers in the planet. His claim to fame is a victory over heavy-handed Ruslan Provodnikov, who remains the only big name on Algieri’s resume. “A win will propel me into the top of the pound-for-pound ratings and viewed as one of the best fighters in all of boxing,” he added.

But defeating Pacquiao is easier said than done, and Algieri will enter their bout as a huge underdog. Never before has the American faced someone of Pacquiao’s caliber, although he brings with him height and reach advantages that could enable him to pull off another upset. While Algieri possesses a stiff jab that could frustrate Pacquiao all night, the former believes it is his ability to adjust in-fight that will be his key to victory. Meanwhile, in the same blog, Algieri said his days fighting in small boxing cards are over. “At this point, I want the biggest fights out there. I have spent a long time fighting off TV and outside of the public eye. Now I want that exposure and I want to fight the biggest names out there in boxing,” he continued. Algieri, who will be stripped of his WBO light welterweight title, will take on Pacquiao at a catch weight of 144 pounds, but still for the latter’s WBO welterweight crown. He could hardly wait to take the belt off Pacquiao’s hands. “I want to show that I belong here. It has taken me a long time to get to this point, and I don't plan on leaving now that I am here,” he said. – Dino Maragay THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Khan picks Pacquiao to beat Algieri  

British fighter Amir Khan is going for the safe route, picking Manny Pacquiao to defeat Chris Algieri in their fight on November 23 in Macau. Khan is among the many others who believe Pacquiao is simply the superior fighter, telling Luis Sandoval of fighthype.com that the Filipino icon trumps Algieri in all departments. "Pacquiao will be the winner. I think he's a better boxer; well, I mean, he's a stronger boxer, he punches harder, he has a little bit more quicker movements, he's more explosive,” the 27-year-old welterweight contender said. Khan used to spar with Pacquiao and knows the fighting congressman too well to bet against him.

But the former two-division champion wishes to get in the ring with Pacquiao someday. Khan, who once held world titles at lightweight and super lightweight, takes on ex-IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander on December 13 for the WBC silver welterweight crown. If he wins, he wants either Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his next bout. But Mayweather has no plans of returning to the ring soon, and Pacquiao has to get past Algieri first. Khan thinks that with his better skills, Pacquiao will get the job done. “I think that will win him the fight," he said. – Dino Maragay THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Algieri ready to rumble 

Just around the same time his rival in the Philippines took his preparation to another level, Chris Algieri did the same thing over in Las Vegas as the undefeated US fighter capped training day by sparring a total of 13 rounds over the weekend against three different guys. Chris Algieri uses a speed ball during his training camp in Las Vegas yesterday. Algieri is scheduled to fly for Macau on Wednesday ahead of his Nov. 23 fight with Manny Pacquiao. (Courtesy of Top Rank) Chris Algieri uses a speed ball during his training camp in Las Vegas yesterday. Algieri is scheduled to fly for Macau on Wednesday ahead of his Nov. 23 fight with Manny Pacquiao. (Courtesy of Top Rank) Two weeks before they rumble in Macau, Pacquiao and Algieri made their respective training teams beam with pride by coming up with intense workouts in the crucial stage of the buildup.

Pacquiao did 12 furious rounds on Thursday and actually began to slow down the following day, while Algieri just hit his peak by toying with his sparmates. Algieri even had a surprise visitor with renowned conditioning coach Angel Heredia dropping by the gym to say hello to the 30-year-old New Yorker, the heavy betting underdog in the scheduled 12-round welterweight war at the Cotai Arena on Nov. 23. Heredia is remembered for his participation in the training camp of Juan Manuel Marquez during the fourth fight with Pacquiao in Dec. 2012. Marquez credited Heredia for lending a hand in his stunning sixth-round knockout over his fierce Filipino rival. But Top Rank chief publicist Lee Samuels told the Bulletin yesterday that there was nothing to Heredia’s recent visit to Algieri’s training session. “Memo (Heredia’s nickname) was with (Algieri sparmate) Zab Judah and he’s (Heredia) not a part of Algieri’s training team,” said Samuels, noting that Algieri has his own set of strategists in place. “He’s (Algieri) not connected with Memo in any way,” added Samuels, who will join Algieri in the long flight to Macau from Las Vegas beginning on Nov. 12. * READ MORE...

Algieri vows to do a ‘Rocky Balboa’

Moments after touching down in Los Angeles on a private jet from Las Vegas yesterday, Chris Algieri held court during a press conference promoting his Nov. 23 clash with Manny Pacquiao, assuring everyone that he is “looking to be the new WBO welterweight world champion.”  Chris Algieri playfully throws a jab at Pacquiao’s photo during a presscon yesterday in Los Angeles. (Top Rank photo) Chris Algieri playfully throws a jab at Pacquiao’s photo during a presscon yesterday in Los Angeles. (Top Rank photo) Top Rank chief Bob Arum joined Algieri on the short hop from Sin City to Hollywood and the unbeaten New York fighter oozed with confidence with less than a week before he and his team fly to Macau. “Training camp has been going fantastic,” said Algieri, 30, a huge betting underdog in the scheduled 12-rounder at the Cotai Arena. “I’m feeling even more confident and as you know I’m a very confident guy to begin with, but training camp has been above and beyond what I expected.”

During the affair, Sylvester Stallone, best known for his portrayal of the fictional character Rocky Balboa, had a cameo appearance and even struck a pose and clowned around a bit with Algieri. Despite the light moment with Stallone, an avid fight fan, Algieri was quick to make it clear that everything’s dead-serious in training. “We’ve had great work. The energy in camp has been incredible…On November 22, it’s not going to be my “Rockyesque” performance that’s going to win the day. It’s going to be my smart technical boxing skills and my strategy and my mental and physical preparation.” Algieri is set to leave for Macau on Nov. 12 and Arum won’t be too far behind as the Hall of Fame promoter, who turns 83 early next month, is slated to spend two nights in Hong Kong before hooking up with everybody in the former Portuguese colony on Nov. 17. Pacquiao, meanwhile, will head to Macau straight from General Santos City in the late afternoon of Nov. 17, immediately after his last sparring session. Two days ago, Pacquiao went 12 rounds in sparring, “five with Antonio DeMarco, four with Mike Jones and three with Stan Martnyiouk,” according to lead trainer Freddie Roach. In the remaining sparring days, Pacquiao, who turns 36 on Dec. 17, will begin to taper off to avoid burnout. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT


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Pacquiao Nov fight is like Ali's ’75 ‘Thrilla’


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MANILA, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) The Nov. 23 fight is going to be held in the East but almost everything is geared towards the West.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao The Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri world welterweight title fight will be held at The Venetian in Macau and the opening bell is estimated at 12:15 p.m. so it can be beamed live on primetime TV in the US.

It’s not just that fight that will be held to accommodate the US pay-per-view audience but there important events as well like the formal arrival of the fighters, their open workout, roundtable interviews of the trainers, press conference and even the official weighin.

Although Algieri will hit Macau on Nov. 14 and Pacquiao on Nov. 17, Top Rank has lined up the formal arrival rites at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 (Tuesday).

The press conference is likewise penciled at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 (Wednesday) and the roundtable interviews of Pacquiao cornerman Freddie Roach and Algieri strategist Tim Lane at 11 a.m. on Nov. 21 (Friday).

Even the weighin will be staged early with the fighters ordered to strip down at 7 a.m. on Nov. 22 (Saturday).

This same thing happened when the country played host to the 1975 Thrilla in Manila when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier rumbled for 14 rounds at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ali and Frazier waged a bloody war at around noontime so the fight can be seen live via satellite in the US on primetime.

FROM PHILSTAR

Algieri claims Roach nervous as fight nears By Dino Maragay (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 7, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Freddie Roach

MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach had insisted that Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners are better than Chris Algieri, the Filipino icon’s opponent for Nov. 23.

Pacquiao has been grinding it out in sparring against contenders Viktor Postol, Stan Martyniouk and Mike Jones in General Santos City, hardly having any problems with them. He even broke Postol’s nose during one session.

If Roach is right and Algieri is indeed inferior to those three, then it’s going to be an easy night for Pacquiao two weeks from now at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao.

But Algieri claimed Roach made the remark to mask what the trainer has been feeling as the fight draws near.

“He’s nervous,” Algieri said in a report by Chris Robinson HustleBoss.com.

Though the undefeated New Yorker clearly isn’t fond of the way Roach is dismissing him, he said he’s not letting it get to his mind and disrupt his focus.

“Simple as that. He’s acting out of character because he’s nervous. That doesn’t stuff doesn’t affect me at all. I’m not that guy,” Algieri added.

Roach is known to be outspoken prior to fights, and he has done all the talking for Pacquiao, who rarely talks trash about his opponents. Algieri, for his part, just brushed it off.

“It’s not going to work on me,” he said of Roach talking smack, adding his focus has never been better.

“It comes. I feel the focus and intensity increasing and that’s just how it goes in training camp. A little more eyes on the prize. The training gets more focused. You have no choice,” Algieri also said.

Algieri sees Pacquiao fight as springboard (philstar.com) | Updated November 4, 2014 - 2:11pm 1 2 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – Chris Algieri is putting himself in a must-win situation against Manny Pacquiao, stressing that coming out victorious in their November 23 fight would lead to greater things.

In a blog entry posted on thesweetscience.com, the undefeated American said there’s just too much at stake in his clash with Pacquiao.

“This is the top of the sport. The winner here goes on to make the biggest fights that are possible, not only the welterweight division, but in all of boxing,” Algieri wrote.

From an obscure fighter, the New York-based Algieri badly wants to barge into superstardom by beating Pacquiao, a boxing icon still rated as one of the best boxers in the planet. His claim to fame is a victory over heavy-handed Ruslan Provodnikov, who remains the only big name on Algieri’s resume.

“A win will propel me into the top of the pound-for-pound ratings and viewed as one of the best fighters in all of boxing,” he added.

But defeating Pacquiao is easier said than done, and Algieri will enter their bout as a huge underdog. Never before has the American faced someone of Pacquiao’s caliber, although he brings with him height and reach advantages that could enable him to pull off another upset.

While Algieri possesses a stiff jab that could frustrate Pacquiao all night, the former believes it is his ability to adjust in-fight that will be his key to victory.

Meanwhile, in the same blog, Algieri said his days fighting in small boxing cards are over.

“At this point, I want the biggest fights out there. I have spent a long time fighting off TV and outside of the public eye. Now I want that exposure and I want to fight the biggest names out there in boxing,” he continued.

Algieri, who will be stripped of his WBO light welterweight title, will take on Pacquiao at a catch weight of 144 pounds, but still for the latter’s WBO welterweight crown. He could hardly wait to take the belt off Pacquiao’s hands.

“I want to show that I belong here. It has taken me a long time to get to this point, and I don't plan on leaving now that I am here,” he said. – Dino Maragay

Khan picks Pacquiao to beat Algieri (philstar.com) | Updated November 6, 2014 - 2:42pm 1 294 googleplus0 0


Amir Khan. AP file photo

MANILA, Philippines – British fighter Amir Khan is going for the safe route, picking Manny Pacquiao to defeat Chris Algieri in their fight on November 23 in Macau.

Khan is among the many others who believe Pacquiao is simply the superior fighter, telling Luis Sandoval of fighthype.com that the Filipino icon trumps Algieri in all departments.

"Pacquiao will be the winner. I think he's a better boxer; well, I mean, he's a stronger boxer, he punches harder, he has a little bit more quicker movements, he's more explosive,” the 27-year-old welterweight contender said.

Khan used to spar with Pacquiao and knows the fighting congressman too well to bet against him. But the former two-division champion wishes to get in the ring with Pacquiao someday.

Khan, who once held world titles at lightweight and super lightweight, takes on ex-IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander on December 13 for the WBC silver welterweight crown. If he wins, he wants either Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his next bout.

But Mayweather has no plans of returning to the ring soon, and Pacquiao has to get past Algieri first.

Khan thinks that with his better skills, Pacquiao will get the job done.

“I think that will win him the fight," he said. – Dino Maragay

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Algieri ready to rumble by Nick Giongco November 10, 2014 Share this:



Just around the same time his rival in the Philippines took his preparation to another level, Chris Algieri did the same thing over in Las Vegas as the undefeated US fighter capped training day by sparring a total of 13 rounds over the weekend against three different guys.

Chris Algieri uses a speed ball during his training camp in Las Vegas yesterday. Algieri is scheduled to fly for Macau on Wednesday ahead of his Nov. 23 fight with Manny Pacquiao. (Courtesy of Top Rank) Chris Algieri uses a speed ball during his training camp in Las Vegas yesterday. Algieri is scheduled to fly for Macau on Wednesday ahead of his Nov. 23 fight with Manny Pacquiao. (Courtesy of Top Rank) Two weeks before they rumble in Macau, Pacquiao and Algieri made their respective training teams beam with pride by coming up with intense workouts in the crucial stage of the buildup.

Pacquiao did 12 furious rounds on Thursday and actually began to slow down the following day, while Algieri just hit his peak by toying with his sparmates.

Algieri even had a surprise visitor with renowned conditioning coach Angel Heredia dropping by the gym to say hello to the 30-year-old New Yorker, the heavy betting underdog in the scheduled 12-round welterweight war at the Cotai Arena on Nov. 23.

Heredia is remembered for his participation in the training camp of Juan Manuel Marquez during the fourth fight with Pacquiao in Dec. 2012.

Marquez credited Heredia for lending a hand in his stunning sixth-round knockout over his fierce Filipino rival.

But Top Rank chief publicist Lee Samuels told the Bulletin yesterday that there was nothing to Heredia’s recent visit to Algieri’s training session.

“Memo (Heredia’s nickname) was with (Algieri sparmate) Zab Judah and he’s (Heredia) not a part of Algieri’s training team,” said Samuels, noting that Algieri has his own set of strategists in place.

“He’s (Algieri) not connected with Memo in any way,” added Samuels, who will join Algieri in the long flight to Macau from Las Vegas beginning on Nov. 12.

* Algieri began training camp shortly after the multi-city press tour that began in late-August and ended in the early part of September.

But even before Algieri joined the traveling circus, he had started working out, a testament to his top-notch work ethic.

Algieri is spending his last days in Sin City to perfect his gameplan and will be on his way to Macau on Nov. 12.

Latest odds heavily favor Pacquiao (-800) over Algieri (+550). To cash in on Pacquiao, a bettor has to place $800 to win $100, while a mere $100 on Algieri will win $550.

The Algieri fight will be Pacquiao’s second appearance in Macau after he made his debut there last year by outclassing Brandon Rios.

Top Rank head Bob Arum said that Pacquiao will spend the remainder of his career fighting once a year in the former Portuguese colony.

Algieri vows to do a ‘Rocky Balboa’ by Nick Giongco November 7, 2014 Share this:

Moments after touching down in Los Angeles on a private jet from Las Vegas yesterday, Chris Algieri held court during a press conference promoting his Nov. 23 clash with Manny Pacquiao, assuring everyone that he is “looking to be the new WBO welterweight world champion.”

Chris Algieri playfully throws a jab at Pacquiao’s photo during a presscon yesterday in Los Angeles. (Top Rank photo) Chris Algieri playfully throws a jab at Pacquiao’s photo during a presscon yesterday in Los Angeles. (Top Rank photo) Top Rank chief Bob Arum joined Algieri on the short hop from Sin City to Hollywood and the unbeaten New York fighter oozed with confidence with less than a week before he and his team fly to Macau.

“Training camp has been going fantastic,” said Algieri, 30, a huge betting underdog in the scheduled 12-rounder at the Cotai Arena.

“I’m feeling even more confident and as you know I’m a very confident guy to begin with, but training camp has been above and beyond what I expected.”

During the affair, Sylvester Stallone, best known for his portrayal of the fictional character Rocky Balboa, had a cameo appearance and even struck a pose and clowned around a bit with Algieri.

Despite the light moment with Stallone, an avid fight fan, Algieri was quick to make it clear that everything’s dead-serious in training.

“We’ve had great work. The energy in camp has been incredible…On November 22, it’s not going to be my “Rockyesque” performance that’s going to win the day. It’s going to be my smart technical boxing skills and my strategy and my mental and physical preparation.”

Algieri is set to leave for Macau on Nov. 12 and Arum won’t be too far behind as the Hall of Fame promoter, who turns 83 early next month, is slated to spend two nights in Hong Kong before hooking up with everybody in the former Portuguese colony on Nov. 17.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, will head to Macau straight from General Santos City in the late afternoon of Nov. 17, immediately after his last sparring session.

Two days ago, Pacquiao went 12 rounds in sparring, “five with Antonio DeMarco, four with Mike Jones and three with Stan Martnyiouk,” according to lead trainer Freddie Roach.

In the remaining sparring days, Pacquiao, who turns 36 on Dec. 17, will begin to taper off to avoid burnout.


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