Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pacquiao Beats Algieri: Round-by-round Recap

By Alon Calinao Dy: Eight-division world champion and reigning WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao defended his belt and won via unanimous decision against the challenger and WBO Light Welterweight Champion Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao, China.

Round 1: Chris Algieri kept his distance from the Filipino boxing icon, but Pacquiao dominated this round with some tough blows that connected well to the head and body of his opponent.

Round 2: For the first time, Pacquiao Knocked Algieri down. The Filipino definitely controlled this round as the undefeated American fighter recovered.

Round 3Pacquiao determined to pick up the aggression against Algieri. He hit the body and face of Algieri with one-two combination.

Round 4: Algieri came out from his shadow and fought Manny aggressively. I'd seen more good action in this round and the exchange of powerful shots.

Round 5: Algieri tried to land a solid punch, but Manny was too quick to deliver a flurry of lethal shots. 

Round 6: Algieri committed a second low blow and was warned by the referee. He was caught by Manny's first straight left and pursued by the right jab that sent him down for the second time. Pacquiao went for a kill. Amazingly, Algieri survived this round.

Round 7: For me, this was the best round of Algieri as he could hit Manny on his belly. 

Round 8: The multi-talented fighter Pacquiao continued to throw a lot of combinations in this round. Algieri tried to complain for a low blow, but unfortunately the referee did not see it and the fight still went along.

Round 9: Algieri moved very comfortably into this round using his reach advantage. But Pacquiao hit him with a powerful left hand that put him down. I thought it was the end of the round because Algieri's legs wobbled like a drunkard. Surprisingly, he was a real tough opponent.

Round 10: In this round, Pacquiao was looking for a KO as Algeria tried to escape being punished by a number of slugs from the Filipino boxing icon.

Round 11: It was apparent that Manny had a great deal to offer in this bout as he continued to give hard blows to the head and body of Chris Algieri. The American boxer was still hopeful to land a strong punch that would slow the pound-for-pound king.

Round 12: In this final round, Algieri embraced Pacman as a sign of respect and the corner of Algieri reminded him that his only way to win this fight was to go for a KO. Undoubtedly, Manny won this contest from one to twelve rounds.

I couldn't believe what I saw, how Pacquiao put Algieri down six times. This was a first defeat of Chris Algieri as he dropped to  20-1 with 8 KOs, while Pacquiao improved to 57-5-2 with 38 KOs.

Manny was asked again if he is willing and ready to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr., he expressed that "I'm ready to fight him next year." But before that, he jokingly stated about his funny commercial for the foot locker "he's going to fight me!" It actually made me laugh upon hearing this statement from Pacman.