MANILA, Nov 23 (Mabuhay) – Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao fashioned out a masterful unanimous decision, knocking down Chris Algieri six times on Sunday to retain the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title in Macau.
Pacquiao got the nod of the judges via scores of 119-103, 119-03 and 120-102 to his record to 57 wins against five losses and two draws. Algieri suffered his first defeat in 20 fights.
“Tonight, I did my best,” Pacquiao said after the fight. “I’m satisfied with my performance tonight.”
Pacquiao dealt the American fighter the first defeat of his career in 20 fights, and the eight-division champion did it in style, snuffing out Algieri’s hopes right from the start.
Talking about his improved power, Pacquiao said it was a priority during training camp with trainer Freddie Roach.
“We improved our strength, we did more heavy bag training,” said Pacquiao, who admitted he was looking to stop Algieri.
“I’m looking for a knockout, but he’s fast, he’s moving.”
Despite giving up four inches in height, Pacquiao stalked Algieri early on, putting the American on the backpedal. That paid off quickly in the second round, when Algieri went down. While replays showed that it may have been a slip, the referee called it a knockdown, giving Pacquiao his first 10-8 round.
Pacquiao again sent Algieri to the canvas twice in the sixth round, rocking the American with a a flurry of combinations that put Algieri in nowhere land.
Algieri was able to survive the onslaught, but that only gave Pacquiao a chance to dish out more punishment. He caught Algieri with a perfect left straight in the ninth round that sent Algieri to the floor one more time. Pacquiao scored another knockdown in the round, but Algieri was able to stay on his feet to end the round.
The punishment continued in the 10th as Pacquiao went headhunting to score the elusive knockout victory. Pacquiao scored another knockdown, but Algieri somehow survived the round.
But despite his efforts, Pacquiao just couldn’t secure the knockout victory, with Algieri spending the final two rounds backpedalling.
After the fight, Pacquiao dedicated the win to his countrymen, especially those who filled the Cotai Arena with cheers.
“Lots of Filipinos came here tonight to watch the fight,” said Pacquiao. “Thank you so much for the support of all the fans around.”
Bring it on.
That was Pacquiao’s message for Floyd Mayweather shortly after dispatching Chris Algieri on Sunday in Macau.
After years of frustration in making a fight between the two top fighters in the world, there was some light earlier this week after news leaked out that Mayweather was finally open to a fight, according to his network Showtime.
No less than CBS Corporation CEO and president Les Moonves is reportedly spearheading the negotiations to make the fight happen.
With Algieri hurdled, Pacquiao is now setting his sights on Mayweather.
“I think I’m ready to fight next year for him,” said Pacquiao after his dominant victory.
But before answering the question, Pacquiao saw it fit to poke some fun at Mayweather.
“He’s going to fight me?!” he asked the television interviewer, a reference to his recent comedic ad for Foot Locker which poked some fun at Mayweather. (MNS)