The much awaited welterweight title showdown is about to happen, Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri Live in Macau!
The championship match between Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO) vs. Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO) will take place at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:00PM. (PST 0900H, Sunday, Nov.23)
GMA Network will telecast the "Pacquiao vs Algieri: Hungry for Glory" showdown via satellite starting at 11 a.m. today. The live blow-by-blow action will also be aired over Super Radyo DZBB 594, Barangay LS 97.1 and on all RGMA stations nationwide beginning at 10 a.m.
WATCH: Pacquiao vs. Algieri Weigh-In Results:
On the undercard, Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) will face Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-0-2, 12 KO) in a 12-round flyweight bout; Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) defends the WBO featherweight title against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33 KO); and Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9 KO) will put his WBA paper belt on the line against former lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco (31-3-1, 23 KO) in a 12-round junior welterweight fight.
According to boxingnews24 prediction, Manny Pacquiao will win a unanimous decision. While Algieri has the ingredients to annoy many fighters out there, you shouldn't expect him to win against Pacquiao. A knockout seems highly unlikely since Algieri will undoubtedly get on his bike and ride like it's Tour de France. This coupled with Algieri's rather low knockout percentage against largely unknown competition and what you get is a recipe for a decision, one way or the other. Pacquiao is no Provodnikov, and he will be moving his head much better while cutting angles so Algieri will have a harder time landing his punches and racking up points. For Algieri to win, it will have to happen based on what occurred outside the ring – the long hours of pounding pavement and sharpening of skills out of the spotlight of the ring and in the darkness of the gym. It's a long shot, and one I wouldn't put money on. But if you are an underdog, and you are looking for something to derive confidence from, know that Pacquiao's excessively large entourage (it took two planes to fill…so yeah, excessive) followed him to Macau, and this has concerned his trainer Freddie Roach. Let's not also forget the distraction of owning a basketball team in the Philippines and suddenly pulling a "Jackie Moon", to go and play for the very team that he owns.
Algieri's key wins were against Emmanuel Taylor, who was coming off 11 months of inactivity and Ruslan Provodnikov, a rising star, to be sure. Both men gave Algieri a still target. Some boxing personalities interviewed on the subject (Tim Bradley, for example) said that Pacquiao struggles with movement. Okay, I'll buy that. But what I have a hard time believing is how that isn't also a problem for Algieri. He needs his opponent to stand in front of him, even more than Pacquaio does. He won’t have any answers for the speed. He won't have any answers for the feints. And he won't have anything to throw Pacquaio hasn't seen before. Pacquiao wins.
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