There is a huge event brewing that has been in the pot boiling for several years now. The magnitude of this event can easily be compared to that of the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals all wrapped into one with a splash of The Olympic Games to add. According to most fight fans, a showdown between two of boxing’s biggest icons, the undefeated Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao could actually carry that much weight.
In a little over three weeks from now, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) will put his WBO welterweight title on the line against the undefeated New Yorker, Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) in Macau, China. Earlier this week Pacquiao arrived in Hong Kong and was nearly mobbed by reporters and fans that filled the streets. He was surprised of how many Filipino patrons were present during that time to show their support.
According to an article by ESPN today, Pacquiao chats about how he is shaping up for that fight, but admits Algieri is the “most dangerous fighter” he will ever face in his career. The Filipino icon doesn’t hesitate to point out key advantages that favor Algieri such as: his physical fitness, height, reach and age of five years younger than him, which could easily present major problems for anyone, especially someone of his age and size deficient.
Speculations has started to surface that Pacquiao is looking past Algieri with hopes of a big showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 27 KO’s) possibly in the spring of next year. It’s a fight that everyone wants to see. There’s no doubt it will be the biggest bout in this history of the sport, but Pacquiao’s fans are hoping he will stay focused on the fight at hand. Some feel a loss to Algieri would derail all future hopes of a showdown with the pound-for-pound king.
Many Americans and Filipino boxing fans alike already feel Mayweather is afraid of Pacquiao just the way things stand. Add another loss to his record and that kills all future negotiations with TMT (The Money Team) according to some fans. Even though Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has a rematch clause in the contract with Algieri, most still feel that a loss would be devastating in regards to any subsequent talks with the Mayweather camp. The sport of boxing needs this mega-bout just as bad as a newborn baby needs milk. Optimism says it happens in 2015.
Rumor has it; Mayweather has been ducking and dodging Pacquiao for quite a while now. However, if that’s true, imagine what would happen if the Filipino champ experiences the unexpected; an upset against Algieri. The mega-bout that everyone’s been anticipating would probably vanish in thin air. Mayweather could easily choose the likes of an Amir Khan, Danny Garcia or even a Canelo Alvarez rematch and then retire. He has only two fights left on his Showtime / CBS contract.
Many boxing pundits feel a loss for Pacquiao would give Mayweather all the leverage he needs to back out or make negotiations so tough that it pushes Team Pacquiao and Bob Arum completely to the other side of the continent. They would be so far apart from a contract agreement, it would be easier to promote an Oscar De La Hoya vs. Tito Trinidad rematch even though they’re both are long retired from the sport.
If anytime a boxing superstar needs to win a fight, it is the upcoming bout Manny Pacquiao have against Chris Algieri. There is way more riding on this fight than meets-the-eye, but if Algieri show up like the huge underdogs the Washington Redskins did against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, he too would shock the world. The Cowboys seemed to have underestimated the Redskins and got surprised. No. They got outplayed. It happens in sports all the time, regardless of the sport. Boxing is no exception.”
Pacquiao said “I intend on fighting my fight come November 22, and no way will I get caught up fighting Algieri’s fight.””I will make him fight my fight,” said the champ during his chat with ESPN. The closest experience he has had with someone with the size and reach of the New Yorker would be his 2010 victory over light middleweight champion Antonio Margarito which ended in a unanimous decision.
Margarito was hit with some devastating blows, mostly to the head by the Filipino fighter which led ringside doctors to closely examine the assault. No Mas. It was too much speed and too much power from the smaller hard-hitting Pacquiao. After the fight Margarito was rushed directly to the hospital where he discovered his orbital bone had been fractured; he had to undergo surgery right away.
The 35-year-old Filipino superstar says he’s ready to show the world he is still the man he was early on in his career. Lately, when asked about his age, he says his speed, power and elite footwork hasn’t diminished at all. He feels even though Chris Algieri brings a lot to the table including his undefeated record, he is still the perfect candidate for him to display his unique boxing skills he’s shown in the past. Remember, it’s already on record that Manny Pacquiao plans on ending this fight early—possibly a knockout by round six.