PACQUIAO DETERMINED TO SHOW HE IS THE BEST --ROACH 

NOV 22 --Chris Algieri is fighting a lost cause, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said on Friday. Asked what would entail Algieri to win against Manny Pacquiao on Sunday at the Cotai Arena, the 54-year-old Roach motioned with his right hand to form a zero. In the eyes of Roach, there is no way Pacquiao can bow down to the ambitious New Yorker. “Zero (chance). He (Algieri) doesn’t belong in the same class as Manny,” said Roach, noting that while Ruslan Provodnikov lost to Algieri, it doesn’t follow that Algieri will do the same thing against Pacquiao. READ FULL REPORT..

ALSO: AND HE DID! Pacquiao runs through Algieri, wins decision

NOV 24 --MACAU – Manny Pacquiao proved he’s in different class than Chris Algieri, knocking down the tough challenger a total of six times but still settled for a unanimous decision win to retain the WBO welterweight title before a packed crowd at the Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao here Sunday. It was a lopsided bout that saw Pacquiao flooring a resilient Algieri in the second, sixth (twice), ninth (twice) and tenth round in a dominant showing. Each knockdown brought the highly partisan crowd – numbering more than 13,000 – to its feet, waiting for the badly missed stoppage that never came. But even with the fight going to the scorecards, Pacquiao was contented with the result. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Filipino pride surges anew; The fire is back, Pacquiao fans say

NOV 24 --MANILA, Philippines–For nearly an hour, survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban City forgot their problems as Filipino pride surged anew across the nation and the world. In the Astrodome, a facility that served as their temporary shelter, some 2,000 people broke into cheers when Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao retained his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Sunday. Pacquiao dropped American Chris Algieri to the canvas six times during the 12-round contest at the Cotai Arena in Macau to win an overwhelming unanimous decision, 119-103, 119-103, 120-102 on the judges’ cards. “He failed to score a knockout victory against Algieri but it was still a stunning victory for Manny, our boxing champ,” said Augusto Daaño, 45, who still lives in a bunkhouse in Barangay (village) Caibaan. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pacquiao outclasses rival in title bout

NOV 24 --PHOTO: Chris Algieri of the US sits on the canvas after being knocked down by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout at the Cotai Arena in Macau on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/XAUME OLLEROS MACAU—There was no knockout, only an abundance of knockdowns for Manny Pacquiao. Though he sent Chris Algieri to the canvas six times, Pacquiao was unable to finish off the New Yorker and settled for a lopsided unanimous decision to keep his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown at the packed Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao on Sunday. Exhibiting a boxing clinic before 13,202 fans—about 90 percent of them Filipinos—Pacquiao peppered Algieri with stinging punches and combinations from start to finish en route to his 57th win against six losses and two draws. READ FULL REPORT FROM ALL OVER THE NATION BY THE INQUIRER...

ALSO: Pacquiao, Algieri hurdle scales, primed for battle

NOV 22 --PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri engage in a staredown during the offficial weigh-in ceremony on Saturday at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. They fight on Sunday morning at the same venue. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com MACAU – Things went smoothly for Manny Pacquiao at the scales, but the same cannot be said for Chris Algieri, who challenges the Filipino for the WBO welterweight championship at the Cotai Arena here Sunday. Pacquiao on Saturday tipped the scales at 143.8 pounds during a well-attended official weigh-in ceremony, looking primed and comfortable a day before his clash with the undefeated American. It was a different story for Algieri though, who had to shed two-tenths of a pound to meet the 144-pound catch weight limit.  READ FULL REPORT..

ALSO: Roach slams Algieri for weight woes

NOV 23 --PHOTO: Chris Algieri was over the catch weight limit of 144 pounds in his first try at the scale. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com MACAU – Throughout the promotion of his fight with Manny Pacquiao, Chris Algieri has been getting little love from Freddie Roach. Roach had dismissed the undefeated Algieri for his lack of punching power, even predicting that the New Yorker won’t last 12 rounds against Pacquiao. And when Algieri initially failed to meet the 144-pound limit during Saturday morning’s official weigh-in at the Cotai Arena here, Roach once again took a swipe at him. The 30-year-old fighter tipped the scale at 144.4 pounds on his first attempt. He then had to strip naked, but when he again stepped on the scale, the display read 144.2 – still two-tenths over the contracted catch weight.

ALSO: Mommy D sure of Manny's victory 

NOV 22 --Mommy Dionisia is confident that her son Manny Pacquiao will emerge victorious on Sunday against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri here at Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao. Clad in a red dress and accompanied by her boyfriend Michael Yamson, Dionisia already claimed victory a day before the fight. "Gustong-gusto ko ang pula [kaya lahat sila mga kasama ko] pinag-red ko. Hindi pa tapos ang laban niyan, naka-victory dress na ako," Mommy Dionisia said at during the official weigh-in of the Clash in Cotai II featuring the WBO welterweight championship bout between Manny and Algieri. PacMom asked her countrymen to pray for his son's victory, which might pave the way for the megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. READ FULL REPORT...


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Pacquiao determined to show he is best – Roach


PACQIAO AND ROACH

MACAU, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  by Nick Giongco – Chris Algieri is fighting a lost cause, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said on Friday.

Asked what would entail Algieri to win against Manny Pacquiao on Sunday at the Cotai Arena, the 54-year-old Roach motioned with his right hand to form a zero.

In the eyes of Roach, there is no way Pacquiao can bow down to the ambitious New Yorker.

“Zero (chance). He (Algieri) doesn’t belong in the same class as Manny,” said Roach, noting that while Ruslan Provodnikov lost to Algieri, it doesn’t follow that Algieri will do the same thing against Pacquiao.

“They’re (Pacquiao and Provodnikov) worlds apart (in skills),” said Roach, who also trains the Russian slugger.

Algieri, undefeated in 20 fights with eight knockouts, doesn’t even possess a decent punching power, something that he badly needs against the battle-tested and soon-to-be 36-year-old Pacquiao.

Roach said Pacquiao told him that he is determined to “bring back the old days.”

“He told me he wants to go back to the days when we were fighting (Lehlo) Ledwaba to show that he is still the best.”

Roach feels Pacquiao doesn’t have to tell him that as he could sense that nothing has changed since they first met each other one sunny day in Los Angeles in mid-2001.

“I can see he still has it. The focus, the (punching) power and the speed.”

To show that he still has the hunger and the competitive fire is still burning, Pacquiao showed up for training Friday afternoon.

“This is the first time we are training this close to a fight,” said Roach.

Roach initially thought they had their last workout Thursday but Pacquiao pleaded that they go at it again.

Told that Paquiao might burn himself out for crossing the line, Roach dismissed it.

“We’re okay,” said Roach.

“I will make sure he doesn’t leave everything in training camp.”

Besides, Pacquiao is already on weight and meeting the catch weight of 144 lbs is the least of their worries.

The official weigh in will be held at 8 a.m. and Pacquiao expects to be at 142 or 143 lbs and 145 to 146 when the bell rings.

Meanwhile, the third man on the ring for the Pacquiao-Algieri duel will be Geno Rodriguez of Illinois while the judges are Michael Pernick of Florida, Levi Martinez of New Mexico and Patrick Morley also of Illinois.

LIVE TELECAST

As part of their all-access coverage to the fight, Solar Sports will broadcast the weigh in of Pacquiao and Algieri live via satellite today at 8 a.m.

Same-day replay will be shown at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m.

The boxing match will be live on pay-per-view and partner venues, or on Solar Sports and GMA channel (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and on IBC (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.).


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AND HE DID! Pacquiao runs through Algieri, wins decision By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 23, 2014 - 2:13pm 36 1153 googleplus3 1


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MACAU – Manny Pacquiao proved he’s in different class than Chris Algieri, knocking down the tough challenger a total of six times but still settled for a unanimous decision win to retain the WBO welterweight title before a packed crowd at the Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao here Sunday.

It was a lopsided bout that saw Pacquiao flooring a resilient Algieri in the second, sixth (twice), ninth (twice) and tenth round in a dominant showing. Each knockdown brought the highly partisan crowd – numbering more than 13,000 – to its feet, waiting for the badly missed stoppage that never came.

But even with the fight going to the scorecards, Pacquiao was contented with the result

"Of course, I'm satisfied with my performance. I did my best," said Pacquiao, who won with scores of 119-103 (twice) and 120-102.

Philstar.com also had it a 120-102 shutout for the fighting congressman.

After a brief feeling out period, Algieri started to flick his jab, hoping he could hide behind it. But the punch many perceive to be his main weapon hardly affected Pacquiao, who found a way to sneak into Algieri’s longer reach to land blows.

In the second round, Algieri went down on all fours in the corner in what appeared to be a slip. But referee Genaro Rodriguez ruled it a knockdown, which frustrated Algieri.

The New York-based fighter later learned that it was the start of a series of misfortunes for him, as Pacquiao continued to stalk him, looking to land one big blow after another. The champion decked Algieri five more times – all legitimate ones this time – en route to the one-sided win.

Pacquiao later admitted having trouble with Algieri’s movement.

"I'm trying for the knockout but it's hard. He's fast, he's moving," he explained.

Indeed, Algieri spent a significant portion of the fight backpedaling to stay away from his predator, which at times frustrated the crowd that included legendary action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone at ringside.

Still, Algieri was a tough customer, and Pacquiao made sure to give credit to his vanquished foe.

“I wasn't surprised he kept getting up because I saw him do that against Ruslan Provodnikov. He's really tough,” Pacquiao continued, whose record is now 57-5-2, with 38 KOs.

Algieri, for his part, was nothing but praise for his tormentor.

“He has perfected his style of fighting,” said the former kickboxer, who throughout the fight promotion described himself as a “master boxer.”

He wasn’t able to prove it Sunday, instead suffering the first loss of his career after 20 wins (8 KOs).

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach perhaps came out with the best line to summarize the bout.

“The master boxer (Algieri) was given a master class by Professor Pacquiao,” Roach said.


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Filipino pride surges anew; The fire is back, Pacquiao fans say Inquirer Bureaus, the Inquirer Staff | Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:02 AM | Monday, November 24th, 2014


SEA OF FAN SUPPORT People explode into cheers as they watch the fight between their idol, Manny Pacquiao, and American Chris Algieri, at San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila. Pacquiao knocked down Algieri six times to win by a unanimous decision and retain his World Boxing Organization welterweight title at Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao on Sunday. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines–For nearly an hour, survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban City forgot their problems as Filipino pride surged anew across the nation and the world.

In the Astrodome, a facility that served as their temporary shelter, some 2,000 people broke into cheers when Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao retained his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Sunday.

Pacquiao dropped American Chris Algieri to the canvas six times during the 12-round contest at the Cotai Arena in Macau to win an overwhelming unanimous decision, 119-103, 119-103, 120-102 on the judges’ cards.

“He failed to score a knockout victory against Algieri but it was still a stunning victory for Manny, our boxing champ,” said Augusto Daaño, 45, who still lives in a bunkhouse in Barangay (village) Caibaan.

Daaño, whose house in San Jose District was washed out during the typhoon, said he was a Pacquiao fan who watched all his fights, including last year’s bout with Brandon Rios.

After his fight last year, Pacquiao visited the Astrodome where more than 3,000 people took shelter during the typhoon.

While the center was not filled up to the rafters as in the past, at least 2,000 people cheered for their idol every time his jab hit his American opponent.

Across the country, cinemas, hotels, public parks and even army bases erupted in celebration as Pacquiao, the only boxer to win world titles in eight weight divisions, dominated the inexperienced New York-based former kickboxer.

Renewed fire


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Malacañang took note of the renewed fire in the 35-year-old Pacquiao.

“Strength, grit and courage were written all over his face and demeanor throughout the fight,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement. “With every punch that scored, millions of Filipinos cheered him to victory from all corners of the country and the world.”

Coloma described Pacquiao as a “worthy role model and wellspring of inspiration to all Filipinos who are striving to improve their well-being and attain a prosperous future.”

Prayers helped in the Pacquiao victory, according to three senior citizens.

Just like the boxer’s mother, Dionisia, known to most as Mommy D, a 72-year-old woman prayed the rosary while watching the telecast of the match at San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

Anita Bacal said she was in the middle of her prayers when Pacquiao knocked down Algieri twice in one round.

“See, prayers really do work!” said Bacal, a resident of San Andres, when the unanimous decision declaring Pacquiao the winner was announced. She was joined in her prayers by another senior citizen and her neighbor, Concordia Virtucio, 79.

They were among the crowd of more than 4,000 who packed the sports complex for over five hours. The heat had a lot of men taking off their shirts, but despite that, spirits were high. Every punch that Pacquiao connected was met with an instant roar of approval.

In Marikina City, another elderly resorted to prayer power. “It’s Filipino pride. He represents our country so we have to support him,” said Visitacion la Vega, 85, who made it a point to watch Pacquiao’s fight and pray for his victory.

She was among the hundreds who watched the free live screening of the match at Freedom Park.

“I asked the Lord that He bless him (Pacquiao). When he lost [to Juan Manuel Marquez], I cried,” La Vega said.

When Algieri fell in Rounds 2 and 6, La Vega threw her hands in the air. And when the bell rang signaling the end of the match, the woman, who said she was supposed to be resting instead of watching the bout, stood up with a wide smile.

“I’m very happy that the Lord granted my prayers,” she said.

The bout was also shown for free in the Taguig City University Auditorium and other venues.

“In coming together to watch this fight, we are showing our solidarity in supporting the man who gave glory to our country with his every win. We are not just Taguigeños, we are Filipinos as well, and we came to cheer for Pacquiao,” Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano said.

Boxing fans in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija province, became anxious while watching what turned out to be the undercard fight, when they saw Thai boxer Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym taking a beating from China’s Zou Shiming.

It took some time for them to realize Kwanpichit, who bore a striking resemblance to Pacquiao, was not their idol, and many gave out a hearty laugh.

Like in many parts of the country, the city was at a standstill on Sunday. Market vendors and tricycle drivers paused to watch the delayed television broadcasts on television sets at barber shops or sari-sari stores.

Many lamented that no one sponsored a live broadcast this time. But watching Algieri learn boxing the hard way from the veteran Pacquiao made up for that disappointment, fans said.

“We are happy about his win. He did our country proud,” Rodolfo Herbas, 52, library aide in a university in Muñoz, said.

Free snacks

In Ilagan City in Isabela province, free snacks made the win sweeter for fans.

“We were happy about Pacquio’s victory, which was made more satisfactory by the free snacks that came earlier,” said driver Roy Gangan.

Gangan and about 3,000 residents watched a live feed of the Pacquiao-Algieri fight at the provincial amphitheater.

Noodles and bottled juice were distributed to viewers before the match started.

The streets emptied after drivers of tricycles and jeepneys parked their vehicles at the capitol compound to watch.

“This is irritating. As if the world had stopped due to Pacquiao’s fight. Almost all drivers probably watched the bout,” commuter Jo Lucero said.

About 5,000 others watched separate live broadcasts screened at the Ilagan Community Center and at the city hall.

In the cities of Cauayan and Santiago, and Roxas town, about 10,000 people watched live broadcasts sponsored by their local governments and sponsors.

In Baguio City, a shopping mall that screened Pacquiao’s previous fights did not broadcast the live feed due to the absence of a sponsor, which disappointed people who had no access to television or to restaurants that offered to show the fight for a fee.

In Zamboanga City, tricycle driver Juancho Sobrejana, 60, said he no longer believed in Pacquiao’s magic after he and his family went into politics.

“I was a diehard fan of Pacquiao. I never missed every fight, but since almost all his family members, including him, joined politics, I no longer religiously patronize him. Worse, his mother got involved with a man young enough to be her youngest son,” Sobrejana said.

Despite his personal views about the Pacquiaos, Sobrejana’s cheers were the loudest when it was announced that the Filipino boxer won.

In Tagum City, habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) driver Randy Curato said it was disappointing that Pacquiao was not able to knock Algieri out.

Curato stopped taking passengers to watch the fight live on a huge screen set up by local politicians and businessmen in Mankilam village in Tagum City in Davao del Norte.

“I lost P100 because I was expecting the fight to end before the third round,” he said.

Another driver who won his bet said the fight’s result only proved Pacquiao was no longer the ferocious fighter he was once.

Cotabato City and its outskirts virtually stood still with most people watching the fight.

“As usual no untoward incident happened today as in previous Pacquiao fights,” said Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin, city police director.

The regional police chief, Supt. Noel de los Reyes, said that “even in the turbulent autonomous region, there’s no report of criminal activities.”

At an Army camp in Maguindanao, Brig. Gen. Edmund Pangilinan, commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said, “So far, we have not received reports of BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters) atrocities while Manny Pacquiao was slugging it out with his American opponent.”–Reports from Annelle Tayao-Juego, Jovic Yee, Maricar B. Brizuela, Christian V. Esguerra, Julie M. Aurelio and Christine O. Avendaño in Manila; Anselmo Roque, Inquirer Central Luzon; Villamor Visaya Jr., Inquirer Northern Luzon; Joey A. Gabieta and Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer Visayas; Julie S. Alipala, Frinston L. Lim, Jeoffrey Maitem, Karlos Manlupig and Charlie Señase, Inquirer Mindanao; and AFP


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Pacquiao outclasses rival in title bout Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:28 AM | Monday, November 24th, 2014


Chris Algieri of the US sits on the canvas after being knocked down by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout at the Cotai Arena in Macau on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/XAUME OLLEROS


MACAU—There was no knockout, only an abundance of knockdowns for Manny Pacquiao.

Though he sent Chris Algieri to the canvas six times, Pacquiao was unable to finish off the New Yorker and settled for a lopsided unanimous decision to keep his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown at the packed Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao on Sunday.

Exhibiting a boxing clinic before 13,202 fans—about 90 percent of them Filipinos—Pacquiao peppered Algieri with stinging punches and combinations from start to finish en route to his 57th win against six losses and two draws.

After the final bell, however, a louder sound reverberated: Pacquiao called on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to sign up and fight him.

“It’s time to step up and say ‘yes,’” Pacquiao said during the post-fight conference. “The fans deserve that fight…. I am ready to fight him next year.”

‘I want that fight’

In outclassing Algieri, Pacquiao might have boosted his stock enough to entice Mayweather into the ring finally.

“I really want that fight,” Pacquiao said.

The Filipino superstar first felled a retreating Algieri in the second round with a 1-2-3 flurry capped by a right. The second and third knockdowns came in the sixth, again through combinations that pierced Algieri’s defense.

In the ninth round, Pacquiao caught Algieri with a left cross to put the American down again. Moving in for the kill, Pacquiao unleashed body blows that brought the American to his knees.

He was trying to finish off his outclassed foe when the bell rang.

A left uppercut sent Algieri tumbling in the 10th round, but true to his reputation as a gutsy fighter, the erstwhile unbeaten former kickboxer was back on his feet in no time.

‘Great fighter’

In the last two rounds, Pacquiao tried to nail Algieri for good. Shaken and slightly bruised, Algieri survived the onslaughts, enabling him to keep his WBO light welterweight title.

But his 20-win unbeaten run had ended.

“I lost to a great fighter,” Algieri said. “It wasn’t just the hand speed but the way he put together the punches. He has that unique style that he has perfected.”

“He hurt me once when he buzzed me with a left hook,” Algieri also said. “But that was the only time.”

American judge Michael Pernick gave Pacquiao a shutout, 120-102, while Patrick Morley and Levi Martinez, also both Americans, gave Algieri a round each for 119-103 counts.

It was Pacquiao’s second straight win at this gambling haven. Last year, the fighting congressman from Sarangani province pounded out a one-sided victory over another American, Brandon Rios.

Pacquiao, who predicted a quick victory over Algieri on the eve of the fight, tried hard to score his first knockout in five years.

Showing enhanced punching power after concentrating more on the heavy bag during training, he made Algieri duck and cringe whenever he rushed in to attack.

Algieri’s five-inch reach advantage was never a factor as Pacquiao proved too fast and elusive for his opponent’s stiff jabs.

In and out

Those jabs were effective against Ruslan Provodnikov but hardly worked against Pacquiao, who darted in and out, moving side to side, while endlessly searching for openings.

Algieri, who is of Italian and Argentine descent, was frustrated that he could not disrupt Pacquiao’s rhythm. The Filipino superstar, who was four inches shorter, dictated the course of the fight.

With the outcome beyond doubt, Algieri went to Pacquiao as soon as the 12-round bout had ended.

Pacquiao then approached Tim Lane and Keith Trimble, Algieri’s trainers, to shake their hands.

Dream fight

As the curtains lowered on the “Clash in Cotai II,” boxing pundits said it was time for Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank chief Bob Arum, to pursue the dream fight with Mayweather.

Arum echoed Pacquiao’s challenge to Mayweather.

“The fight has to happen. No excuses. I’m holding my phone, Manny is holding his phone,” Arum said.

The attendance surpassed the 13,101 fans who watched the Pacquiao-Rios fight and seemed to indicate that pay-per-view (PPV) hits would top 500,000.

Knowing that Algieri had encountered a problem making the weight—he weighed 68 kilograms (148 pounds) on Friday over the catchweight for the fight of 65.3 kgs (144 pounds)—Pacquiao concentrated on body blows that took the snap and bounce on Algieri’s legs.

Algieri, whose eyes were reduced to slits in the Provodnikov fight, was lucky to escape with bruised cheeks this time.

Compubox statitistics showed Pacquiao unloaded 669 punches, landing 229 for a conversion rate of 34 percent. The usually accurate Algieri fired 469 shots, but connected only 108 for 29 percent.

The difference was even more glaring in power punches as Pacquiao made 187 of 410 for a hefty 46 percent conversion against Algieri’s 80 of 212 (38 percent).

Before the bout, Pacquiao was visited in his dressing room by Sylvester Stallone of the “Rocky” and “Rambo” series movie fame and Arnold Schwarzengger, star of the “Terminator” films.

Pacquiao prayed in his corner while waiting for the decision. But it was Algieri who never had a prayer.

Could run but not hide

Pacquiao chased Algieri from the opening bell. About the only thing he didn’t get was his first knockout in five years.

He went into the fight saying he needed a power win to entice Mayweather to fight him. He vowed to put on a performance like some of his earlier fights and did, never letting Algieri get close.

Some of the sold-out crowd may have wondered whether Algieri deserved this fight, as he spent more time trying to stay away from the Filipino than trading punches.

But while Algieri could run, he couldn’t hide. Pacquiao caught him repeatedly with power punches.

“The master boxer was given a master class by professor Pacquiao tonight,” trainer Freddie Roach said. “I was disappointed in Algieri’s performance tonight. All he did was run.”

By the end of the fourth round, Pacquiao had already thrown more than 100 more punches than Algieri. And Algieri rarely stopped to set his feet to punch, and kept trying to run away from the champion’s punching power.

Unfortunately for Algieri, things went from bad to worse.

“I’m satisfied with the result,” said Pacquiao. “I did my best. I was trying for a knockout but he was fast and keeps moving.”

The victory will inevitably heighten calls for him to face the unbeaten Mayweather in what could be the first billion-dollar fight in history.–With wires


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Pacquiao, Algieri hurdle scales, primed for battle By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 22, 2014 - 9:46am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri engage in a staredown during the offficial weigh-in ceremony on Saturday at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. They fight on Sunday morning at the same venue. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com

MACAU – Things went smoothly for Manny Pacquiao at the scales, but the same cannot be said for Chris Algieri, who challenges the Filipino for the WBO welterweight championship at the Cotai Arena here Sunday.

Pacquiao on Saturday tipped the scales at 143.8 pounds during a well-attended official weigh-in ceremony, looking primed and comfortable a day before his clash with the undefeated American.

It was a different story for Algieri though, who had to shed two-tenths of a pound to meet the 144-pound catch weight limit. The challenger – met by boos from the heavily pro-Pacquiao crowd – weighed 144.4 pounds in his first attempt, after which he stripped naked.

The display read 144.2, still over the contracted weight.

After posing with Pacquiao in a customary stare down, Algieri headed to the dressing room and did some shadowboxing. Given two hours to shed the excess pounds, he emerged and fulfilled his end of the bargain when he registered 143.6 pounds less than an hour later.

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Pacquiao, on the other hand, had no trouble making weight as usual. He entered the stage wearing a blue shirt and gray jogging pants, and the crowd welcomed him with cheers. His family, including his mother Dionisia and wife Jinkee and their four children, watched from the stands.

"I'm excited to share my speed and bring back the early days of my boxing career. I'm having the hunger that I had when I was young," the Filipino icon said in a short interview onstage.

“It’s an honor to fight undefeated guys,” Pacquiao added, referring to Algieri (20-0, with 8 knockouts).

Both fighters were ripped and appeared to be well-conditioned, and except for the minor hitch on Algieri’s part, they looked ready to rumble. They tangle at the same venue in 24 hours before an expected sellout crowd.

“I’m ready. I have the talent and skills to do it (win),” said Algieri.

It’s show time in Macau.


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Roach slams Algieri for weight woes By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 22, 2014 - 7:23pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Chris Algieri was over the catch weight limit of 144 pounds in his first try at the scale. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com

MACAU – Throughout the promotion of his fight with Manny Pacquiao, Chris Algieri has been getting little love from Freddie Roach.

Roach had dismissed the undefeated Algieri for his lack of punching power, even predicting that the New Yorker won’t last 12 rounds against Pacquiao.

And when Algieri initially failed to meet the 144-pound limit during Saturday morning’s official weigh-in at the Cotai Arena here, Roach once again took a swipe at him.

The 30-year-old fighter tipped the scale at 144.4 pounds on his first attempt. He then had to strip naked, but when he again stepped on the scale, the display read 144.2 – still two-tenths over the contracted catch weight.

Roach didn’t like what he saw.

“The thing is he came in overweight. He must not be too good a dietician because he didn’t eat the right stuff. I mean he must also know that. He’s a college graduate, so they say,” the bespectacled trainer told local scribes after the rules meeting that followed the weigh-in ceremony.

Ironically, Algieri holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and markets himself as a health buff. Nevertheless, he managed to shed off the excess poundage in less than an hour, and on his third try at the scale, he weighed 143.6 pounds.

Pacquiao, in contrast, breezed past the process as he registered 143.8 pounds.

Roach, for his part, didn’t let Algieri’s oversight slip.

“Then his coaches say the scale was broken. Well, it wasn’t broken for any other fighter but his,” he said.

Asked if he thinks Algieri is dehydrated as in the case of most fighters who struggle to make weight, Roach he hardly cares.

“I really didn’t notice too much, honestly. I was more concerned with my fighter Pacquiao. He weighed in exactly what we planned on. He had a good meal last night. I’m really not worried about other guys too much,” explained Roach, adding that Algieri’s problems seem to be taking a toll on the American.

“The WBO took his (Algieri’s) title away, but that happens all the time. It’s part of their rules. I think the pressure is getting to him,” Roach further said.

“He’s never been in this kind of fight. Never, never.”

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Mommy D sure of Manny's victory By Alder Almo Updated Saturday November 22, 2014 - 10:54am 0 0Google +0 0


Dionisia Pacquiao. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com

MACAU - Mommy Dionisia is confident that her son Manny Pacquiao will emerge victorious on Sunday against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri here at Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao.

Clad in a red dress and accompanied by her boyfriend Michael Yamson, Dionisia already claimed victory a day before the fight.

"Gustong-gusto ko ang pula [kaya lahat sila mga kasama ko] pinag-red ko. Hindi pa tapos ang laban niyan, naka-victory dress na ako," Mommy Dionisia said at during the official weigh-in of the Clash in Cotai II featuring the WBO welterweight championship bout between Manny and Algieri.

PacMom asked her countrymen to pray for his son's victory, which might pave the way for the megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

"Lahat tayong mga Pilipino, magdala tayo ng suwerte. Tulong-tulong tayo sa pagdasal para manalo ang ating Pambansang Kamao," said the 65-year-old mother of the Filipino ring icon.

It will be Mommy Dionisia's fourth time to watch Pacquiao fight live.

"Wala akong kaba pero ewan ko lang sa actual fight na. Pero huwag nating gamitin ang kaba para hindi maapektuhan si Manny. Dapat strong tayo sabi ng mahal na birhen," PacMom said.

It will be her first time though to watch with his 38-year-old boyfriend.

"First time niyang (Michael) mapanood si Manny lumaban. Okay kay Manny, nagkita naman sila. Wala naman sila magagawa kasi gustong-gusto ko," Mommy Dionisia said.

When asked if her son will win via decision or via knockout, PacMom declined to predict.

"Mahirap maniguro. Tingnan na lang natin siguro," was Mommy Dionisia's short reply.


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