MACAU – Manny Pacquiao produced a destructive and explosive performance in the early hours of Sunday morning, knocking down Chris Algieri six times on the way to an overwhelming points victory at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.
Even though Pacquiao was unable to record was would have been his first knockout in more than five years, the clash could not have been more one-sided and was a clear signal of intent from the Filipino star in proving he still one of boxing’s greatest performers.
Pacquiao went into the fight an overwhelming favorite and quickly set about stamping his authority on the proceedings. Algieri had planned on his extra reach and sharp footwork keeping him out of harm’s way and tire the 35-year-old, but it quickly proved to be a forlorn hope.
Algieri came with a good backstory; an intelligent and entertaining man with a Masters degree and plenty of self confidence, but the public will want to see Pacquiao take on a stiffer test next time.
The best solution, of course, would be a showdown with undefeated Floyd Mayweather, but despite some bluster and reported talks of a collaboration between HBO and Showtime, boxing’s two biggest broadcasting paymasters, that is still reliant on Mayweather saying “yes,” which he is unlikely to do.
“I really want that fight,” Pacquiao said. “The fans deserve that fight.”
As Algieri toppled to the canvas time and time again, it looked as if Pacquiao was on course for his first stoppage since a 12th round TKO of Miguel Cotto in November 2009… see more