ROACH: ALGIERI HAS POWER, NO SPEED 

NOV 10 --[When Freddie Roach looks at Chris Algieri, the future Hall of Fame trainer and former fighter sees the new generation. “He’s a tough kid and he’s strong. He doesn’t have the speed and the skills Manny has. But he has the power,” said Roach.“We’re fighting the new generation. (Brandon) Rios was the first step. And then (Tim) Bradley). These guys are younger and hungrier.” READ FULL REPORT]

ALSO: Algieri has no time for mind games 

PHOTO: Chris Algieri (right) strikes a pose with actor Sylvester Stallone, who made a surprise visit during the press conference in Los Angeles last week as part of the media buildup for his duel with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 23 in Macau. banner-promotions.com MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach can say all he wants to say but he will never get under Chris Algieri’s skin. READ FULL REPORT]

ALSO: Pacquiao out to deliver flurry of power punches 

NOV 15 ---Pacquiao strikes a menacing pose during training in General Santos City. (Nick Giongco) General Santos City — A day after his trainer told him to knock Chris Algieri in the first round, Manny Pacquiao seems eager to make Freddie Roach’s wish come true. The Filipino champion said he has been trying to perfect some solid shots, hard ones, which he plans to deliver in flurries when he meets Algieri on Nov. 22 at the Cotai Arena in Macau. After doing pad work with Roach, Pacquiao told reporters the other day he plans to bring the fight immediately to Algieri and bomb him with power shots.

ALSO: ‘Mayweather is my one specific goal’ - Manny 

MANILA, Philippines – After his fight with Chris Algieri less than two weeks from now, Manny Pacquiao will be setting his sights on Floyd Mayweather Jr. He insists it will be Mayweather and no one else. In an interview transcript released by boxingscene.com, the Filipino icon once again reiterated his desire to finalize what is still the most anticipated fight in the sport today. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Buboy wary of Manny foe's power 

PHOTO: Training assistant Buboy Fernandez attends to Manny Pacquiao in the gym in General Santos City. MANILA, Philippines - Chris Algieri isn't supposed to be a hard hitter as his record of 20-0, with 8 KOs, indicates but WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao's long-time friend and training assistant Buboy Fernandez said the other day he's not underestimating the unbeaten challenger's power. READ FULL REPORT BY JOAQUIN HENSON...

ALSO: A confident Algieri heads to Macau to fight Pacquiao

FILE PHOTO- In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Chris Algieri pose for a photo in Los Angeles. Algieri still lives at home with his parents, so a trip to China seems like a big deal. It will be even bigger if Algieri capitalizes on his improbable path to fame and beats Pacquiao this month. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, Filewld) LAS VEGAS — In the days before his last fight — a stunning upset few in boxing saw coming — Chris Algieri worked his regular job as a personal trainer. At night he went home to his parents' house on Long Island, where he lives in the basement. Unusual for a fighter, but Algieri is nothing if not an unusual fighter. He has an advanced education, a martial arts background and looks that make the female fans smile. He's also has a fight against Manny Pacquiao this month that, should he win, would make him not only one of the best stories in boxing, but one of the sport's biggest names. READ COMPLETE REPORT

ALSO: ‘Cocky’ Algieri will find self in ‘different class’ vs Pacquiao 

NOV 12 --PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao goes through his shadow boxing routine inside the Wildcard Gym in General Santos City. BONG LOZADA.--GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines—It’s time for Chris Algieri to step into the men’s table. Freddie Roach said the undefeated American was going into the squared circle to face one of the boxing world’s elite. “This is a different class,” Roach said Wednesday afternoon at the Wildcard Gym here. “I know he’s durable but he’s going to go at it.” READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Roach wants KO win in first round  

NOV 12 --PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao hands AirAsia big boss Tony Fernandes a glove after signing the deal making AirAsia the official plane carrier of Team Pacquiao for his Nov. 23 fight with American Chris Algieri. The contract was signed yesterday in General Santos City. (Nick Giongco) --General Santos City — Freddie Roach seems to be getting impatient with the prospects of seeing Manny Pacquiao spending too much time dealing with Chris Algieri when they slug it out on Nov. 23 in Macau. The 50-year-old Roach told reporters during a break Wednesday that he “hopes to see Manny get him out in one round” as the Hall of Fame trainer has obviously been peeved by Algieri’s apparent display of braggadocio. Algieri’s meteoric rise has gone over to his head, noted Roach, who feels the 30-year-old New Yorker has been excellently hyped as somebody who has what it takes to score an upset at The Venetian. READ THE FULL REPORT...


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Roach: Algieri has power, no speed


ALGIERI: I WILL BEAT PACQUIAO.

MANILA, NOVEMBER 17, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero - When Freddie Roach looks at Chris Algieri, the future Hall of Fame trainer and former fighter sees the new generation.

Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales are now out of the way, out of the picture, and almost certainly as well, Juan Manuel Marquez.

“A lot of the guys we fought in the past are retired now,” Roach told The STAR in an interview.

Barrera, Morales and Marquez fought Manny Pacquiao nine times combined. They represent the old generation of Pacquiao opponents.

“We’re fighting the new generation now,” said Roach.

Algieri had been to 20 fights and hasn’t lost any. Last June, he won a fight he wasn’t supposed to win, beating Russian beast Ruslan Provodnikov.

Until that fight, Algieri was unknown to fight fans. But almost instantly, the boxer with celebrity looks was tapped as Pacquiao’s next opponent.

Algieri is in the biggest fight of his life. In a recent interview in Carson, California, he talked about how life has changed the past couple of months.

But the 30-year-old from Huntington in New York said he won’t climb the ring in Macau on Nov. 23 just to fight Pacquiao. He vowed to beat Pacquiao.

“He’s a tough kid and he’s strong. He doesn’t have the speed and the skills Manny has. But he has the power,” said Roach.“We’re fighting the new generation. (Brandon) Rios was the first step. And then (Tim) Bradley). These guys are younger and hungrier.”


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Algieri has no time for mind games By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 11, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Chris Algieri (right) strikes a pose with actor Sylvester Stallone, who made a surprise visit during the press conference in Los Angeles last week as part of the media buildup for his duel with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 23 in Macau. banner-promotions.com

MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach can say all he wants to say but he will never get under Chris Algieri’s skin.

That’s what Algieri, soon slated to fight Manny Pacquiao in Macau, said.

“I’m not that guy that mind games will work on,” the undefeated boxer and certified clinical nutritionist told The Sweet Science.

Roach called Algieri a “tough kid” but the 54-year-old trainer quickly added that “tough kids don’t win big fights.”

Roach loves to play with words. He normally takes the cudgels and does the talking for the Filipino superstar coming to a fight.

For the 2008 “Dream Match” with Oscar dela Hoya, Roach set the tone for the fight by saying that boxing’s Golden Boy is done and “can’t pull the trigger.”

Roach has almost guaranteed a knockout win by Pacquiao over Algieri at The Venetian Hotel on Nov. 23.

“He’s a tough kid and he’s strong. He doesn’t have the speed and the skills Manny has. But he has the power,” Roach told The STAR in an interview.

He said Algieri belongs to “the new generation” of opponents for Pacquiao, who is one month shy of his 36th birthday, and had seen most of his opponents retire.

That includes Dela Hoya.

Algieri is not actually taking things sitting down, because in one previous interview he told the American press that Roach is only making noise because “he’s nervous.”

Algieri carries a master’s from the New York Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s from Stony Brook University.

On Roach’s “tough kid” statement, Algieri told The Sweet Science, “I don’t think anything needs to be said about that comment.”

“Last I checked. I am currently an undefeated world champion in boxing, not track,” said Algieri.

He plays mind games only when he wants to.


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Pacquiao out to deliver flurry of power punches by Nick Giongco November 14, 2014 Share this:


Pacquiao strikes a menacing pose during training in General Santos City. (Nick Giongco)

General Santos City — A day after his trainer told him to knock Chris Algieri in the first round, Manny Pacquiao seems eager to make Freddie Roach’s wish come true.

The Filipino champion said he has been trying to perfect some solid shots, hard ones, which he plans to deliver in flurries when he meets Algieri on Nov. 22 at the Cotai Arena in Macau.

After doing pad work with Roach, Pacquiao told reporters the other day he plans to bring the fight immediately to Algieri and bomb him with power shots.

His training was geared to that direction.

“Lahat ng binitawan kong suntok ay puro power punches,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao’s knockout drought already spans over five years and Roach is growing impatient but nevertheless feels the long spell will end in 10 days. During that period, the Pacquiao camp said the boxer will win by knockout. It never happened.

So when asked when he last knocked out an opponent, he sidestepped the query and asked one instead.

“Ano sa tingin mo?” he said. And then without skipping a beat, answered his own question. “Handang-handa na ano?”

Whether Pacquiao is right or wrong, he and Algieiri will know on fight night.

Algieri, however, remains unfazed.

“I have the tools and talent to win this fight. I just have to go out there and be myself,” said Algieri,

He will arrive with an undefeated record and holding a title, but oddsmakers make him a heavy underdog against the Filipino who has long been one of the biggest attractions in boxing.

And he will do it largely unknown to all but the most avid of boxing fans. (With a report from AP)


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‘Mayweather is my one specific goal’ - Manny (philstar.com) | Updated November 11, 2014 - 2:06pm 5 724 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao once again stressed he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. before retiring. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – After his fight with Chris Algieri less than two weeks from now, Manny Pacquiao will be setting his sights on Floyd Mayweather Jr.

He insists it will be Mayweather and no one else.

In an interview transcript released by boxingscene.com, the Filipino icon once again reiterated his desire to finalize what is still the most anticipated fight in the sport today.

“As I've said before, boxing is my passion and public service is my calling. As I approach my title defense against Chris Algieri, I have found that my passion has increased. I do not feel old. I feel great and I find I am able to train as hard as I always have and I enjoy it. More importantly, I still enjoy boxing – a lot,” Pacquiao said.

“As long as my skills and my passion remain strong, I want to continue my boxing career. When I retire, I want it to be on my terms. I do not want to spend my retirement regretting that I walked away from boxing before I was ready. I do not want to come back and fight after I retire.

My goals are to finish as a world champion, winning my remaining fights. Since the Marquez fight, I have approached every training camp and every opponent with 110 percent dedication. I would like to keep challenging myself in the opponents I will face in the future,” he continued.

After previously hinting at retiring two years from now, Pacquiao this time is non-committal on setting a specific date for hanging up his gloves. His duel with Algieri on November 23 in Macau will be his 64th fight in a storied professional career spanning almost two decades.

But the fighting congressman said he’s not done yet.

“I have not set a date or determined an age when I will retire. As long as I can keep fighting at the level I expect from myself, I will continue my boxing career,” Pacquiao explained.

That’s when Mayweather’s name came up again.

“I do have one specific goal and that is to give the boxing fans the fight they have always asked for [against Mayweather]. I want that fight too. I believe good negotiations could produce the fight,” Pacquiao said.

For several times, both fighters tried to arrange the megabout, but failed to find common ground. The camps have repeatedly blamed each other for the failed negotiations, but Pacquiao stresses it’s not his fault.

“But it is impossible to negotiate when you are the only one sitting at the table. Two fighters who want to fight each other have never been kept from fighting each other,” he ended. – Dino Maragay


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Buboy wary of Manny foe's power By Joaquin Henson Updated Wednesday November 05, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0Google +0 0


Buboy Fernandez attends to Manny Pacquiao in the gym in General Santos City.

MANILA, Philippines - Chris Algieri isn't supposed to be a hard hitter as his record of 20-0, with 8 KOs, indicates but WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao's long-time friend and training assistant Buboy Fernandez said the other day he's not underestimating the unbeaten challenger's power.

Fernandez has watched Algieri in action on tape and he's convinced the 5-10 New Yorker isn't a powder-puff puncher.

"Manny has to watch out for his left jab, left hook and right uppercut down the middle," said Fernandez. "Those are the three things Algieri likes to throw."

The left hook is deadly, added Fernandez, if it connects on the button. So is the uppercut. Pacquiao has to anticipate where the blows are coming from as his defense will be tested when they face off in Macau on Nov. 23.

Fernandez said when backed against the ropes, Algieri reminds him of both Antonio Margarito and Erik Morales, two Pacquiao victims. "Margarito fights back when you push him to the ropes and Algieri does that sometimes," continued Fernandez. "With Morales, he likes to slip out which Algieri also does. Manny knows how to deal with both styles. So he won't be surprised whatever Algieri does."

Asked if the fight will go the 12-round distance, Fernandez said it depends on how fast Algieri runs away from Pacquiao. "If he runs, it will take a little more time to catch him," he said. "If Algieri doesn't run, it will take less time. I think Manny's too quick for Algieri. If Algieri runs, Manny will attack and it will just be a matter of time before he knocks him out."

Fernandez said Pacquiao is in tip-top shape and will be ready for Algieri when the bell rings.

"I arrived in GenSan from Bicol where I live with my family last Sept. 3 and started working with Manny," he said. "I knew Freddie (Roach) would arrive in the first week of October so I wanted to endorse Manny in good condition. I didn't want to embarrass myself and hand over Manny to Freddie less than 100 percent in shape. Manny has been working very hard running in the morning and working out in the gym in the afternoon. When Freddie arrived last Oct. 8, he was surprised to find Manny in great shape. In their first workout with the mitts, they went 12 rounds which is amazing. Freddie was very happy."

Roach himself said he couldn't be more pleased with Pacquiao's condition.

The other day, he mentioned that Pacquiao scaled about 142 pounds. The welterweight limit is 147 but the Macau fight will be at a catchweight of 144. Roach said he's confident that if ever Pacquiao wants to drop down to the lightwelterweight class, he can make 140.

Algieri is the WBO lightwelterweight champion and presumably, the catchweight was set to accommodate him as he's moving up to the next division. It was reported recently that the WBO will vacate the lightwelterweight throne as Algieri is fighting Pacquiao beyond the 140-pound limit.

Fernandez said there is a plan to counter Algieri's left jab by ducking under it and throwing a counter left while moving to the right. Roach and Pacquiao are working on tactics during mitt work, simulating what Algieri will do and how to put him on the defensive.

The key is to stop Algieri in his tracks and that will mean Pacquiao cutting the ring off. If Algieri tries to fight from a distance using his 72-inch reach to advantage, Pacquiao will need to shorten the gap.

"Algieri has his advantages and so does Manny," said Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. "So it's a matter of making your advantages work for you."

Pacquiao brings power and quickness to the table while Algieri will try to stay away from danger zone by boxing from long range. If it turns out to be a tactical fight, the probability of the bout going the full route is high.

If Algieri chooses to engage, the bout could end sooner than later with Pacquiao's power making the difference.


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A confident Algieri heads to Macau to fight Pacquiao (Associated Press) | Updated November 12, 2014 - 12:09pm 2 113 googleplus0 0


FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Chris Algieri pose for a photo in Los Angeles. Algieri still lives at home with his parents, so a trip to China seems like a big deal. It will be even bigger if Algieri capitalizes on his improbable path to fame and beats Pacquiao this month. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, Filewld)

LAS VEGAS — In the days before his last fight — a stunning upset few in boxing saw coming — Chris Algieri worked his regular job as a personal trainer. At night he went home to his parents' house on Long Island, where he lives in the basement.

Unusual for a fighter, but Algieri is nothing if not an unusual fighter.

He has an advanced education, a martial arts background and looks that make the female fans smile. He's also has a fight against Manny Pacquiao this month that, should he win, would make him not only one of the best stories in boxing, but one of the sport's biggest names.

"He's one of the greatest fighters that ever lived," Algieri said about Pacquiao. "But I have the tools and talent to win this fight. I just have to go out there and be myself."

Fresh off a training camp on the Las Vegas Strip, Algieri heads to China this week to fight Pacquiao on Nov. 22 in the gambling enclave of Macau. He will arrive with an undefeated record and holding a title, but oddsmakers make him a heavy underdog against the Filipino who has long been one of the biggest attractions in boxing.

And he will do it largely unknown to all but the most avid of boxing fans.

"People seem to think I've come out of nowhere," Algieri said Tuesday. "I've been an underdog in a lot of fights, and this one is no different."

What is different about this fight is that it is bigger than any Algieri has ever been in. He's going around the world to fight one of the world's best fighters in a pay-per-view bout that, aside from a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., is about as big as it gets.

There's little outside of his height advantage and a very good left jab that makes anyone think he will win. But there is no one in his camp who doesn't think he is ready for both the moment and everything Pacquiao has to bring.

"Everything leading up to this fight has been a kind of dress rehearsal for the big show," Algieri said. "But I guess we won't really know until the 22nd."

So far, at least, Algieri has outperformed expectations as he prepares for Pacquiao. His story as a college graduate who wants to become a doctor has resonated with fans, and he's embraced his turn in the spotlight.

Just don't buy the pay-per-view expecting to see the light-hitting (eight knockouts in 20 pro fights) Algieri getting in any unnecessary ring wars with Pacquiao in a bout that will be fought at a 144-pound limit.

"It's genetic, I'm tall for the weight class," Algieri said. "I'm not built to go in there and stand in front of a man and trade bombs. Why would I do that when I've got length, I've got range, I've got speed and I've got footwork and defense?"

Algieri won his spot in the Pacquiao sweepstakes by getting off the canvas twice in the first round in June to narrowly outpoint Ruslan Provodnikov and win a piece of the 140-pound title. Algieri outboxed Provodnikov, using his jab to pile up points and win the decision on two of the three ringside scorecards.

That got him a belt and the Pacquiao fight, if not the respect of everyone in boxing. That includes Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, who suggested last month that Pacquiao's sparring partners were better than Algieri.

"He's wasting his time. I don't even read those reports," Algieri said. "Every day it's a new thing but they don't make a difference come fight night. Maybe it worked on other guys in the past, but it's not going to work on me."

Just to be on the safe side, Pacquiao's handlers got a rematch clause in the fight contract should Pacquiao lose. And, while oddsmakers don't like Algieri's chances, the consensus is that Pacquiao is slowing down as he nears the end of a long and extraordinary career.

Algieri likes his chances both in the ring and as a new face of boxing.

"I would hope my win would elevate the sport to more mainstream with crossover appeal," he said. "We need to get more people watching boxing. I love this sport and the more attention drawn to any fighter, myself included, in a positive way is good for the sport."


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‘Cocky’ Algieri will find self in ‘different class’ vs Pacquiao Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 4:34 PM | Wednesday, November 12th, 2014


Manny Pacquiao goes through his shadow boxing routine inside the Wildcard Gym in General Santos City. BONG LOZADA

GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines—It’s time for Chris Algieri to step into the men’s table.

Freddie Roach said the undefeated American was going into the squared circle to face one of the boxing world’s elite.

“This is a different class,” Roach said Wednesday afternoon at the Wildcard Gym here. “I know he’s durable but he’s going to go at it.”

On November 23, Algieri will face eight-division World Champion Manny Pacquiao in Macau.

Pacquiao engaged in a 10-round sparring session on Wednesday and would cut the number of rounds as the fight gets nearer.

With Air Asia owner Tony Fernandes looking on, Pacquiao practiced his combinations with Roach and took his turn on the heavy bag for several minutes.

Roach added that the “cocky” Algieri would face a “focused” Pacquiao inside the squared circle.

“Chris is so cocky, I’m tired of him,” Roach said.

When asked if Pacquiao would beat up Algieri, Roach had just the right subtlety.

“I believe so.”


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Roach wants KO win in first round; AirAsia big boss admires Pacquiao’s focus by Nick Giongco November 13, 2014 Share this:


Manny Pacquiao hands AirAsia big boss Tony Fernandes a glove after signing the deal making AirAsia the official plane carrier of Team Pacquiao for his Nov. 23 fight with American Chris Algieri. The contract was signed yesterday in General Santos City. (Nick Giongco)

General Santos City — Freddie Roach seems to be getting impatient with the prospects of seeing Manny Pacquiao spending too much time dealing with Chris Algieri when they slug it out on Nov. 23 in Macau.

The 50-year-old Roach told reporters during a break Wednesday that he “hopes to see Manny get him out in one round” as the Hall of Fame trainer has obviously been peeved by Algieri’s apparent display of braggadocio.

Algieri’s meteoric rise has gone over to his head, noted Roach, who feels the 30-year-old New Yorker has been excellently hyped as somebody who has what it takes to score an upset at The Venetian.

But Roach dismisses that Algieri has the moves needed to ruin Pacquiao’s party at the Cotai Arena not to mention that the Filipino has been nothing but phenomenal in this training camp.

Roach believes the 5-10 ½ Algieri, who has a four-and-a-half height advantage, is “not fast” contrary to what just every Tom, Dick and Harry has been saying in the runup to the scheduled 12-round world welterweight title match.

With four days remaining before Pacquiao and his team fly to Macau on two chartered flights courtesy of AirAsia, the fighting congressman finally met with the airline’s big boss Tony Fernandes, who dropped by the gym alongside a crew of dazzling flight attendants wearing the company’s passion red uniform.

Mikee Romero, the vice-chairman of AirAsia, dispatched his PBA governor Erick Arejola to accompany Fernandes here to formalize the tie-up between the airline and Pacquiao.

Under the partnership, two Airbus A320s will fly Pacquiao, his training team and family members and supporters to the former Portuguese colony on Nov. 17. Arejola said each plane could accommodate 180 passengers.

Fernandes was awed by Pacquiao’s work ethic and immediately noticed the fighter’s concentration.

“The best thing about him is his focus,” said Fernandes.

Less than two weeks before the fight, Pacquiao is looking ready to rumble.

 

 


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