Mendoza: Algieri will be more than Pacquiao’s foe in November

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

ONCE the contract is signed, Manny Pacquiao’s foe in November will be Chris Algieri. But seemingly already, Algieri would be it. Bob Arum has said it so. If it’s Arum talking, it’s all over but the signing.

“Whoever Bob picks, I can only say yes,” said Pacquiao. “I am not afraid of anybody. If it’s Algieri in my next fight, then that’s it. It’s him.”

Who he?


Algieri is an American of Italian descent. He is 20-0, with 8 knockouts. If just for that, Algieri isn’t of paltry stuff. Intimidating, to say the least. Unless, of course, if half of his victims were former hotdog vendors in New York’s Manhattan?

Kidding aside, Algieri appears impressive, to say the least.

His last fight spoke volumes of his abilities. He pulled off a split decision victory over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov, the tough, longtime spar mate of Pacquiao.

I am sure Algieri got himself euphoric when informed he’d be Pacquiao’s next opponent.

For one, he’d pocket no less than $1.5 million for the fight, his biggest paycheck ever.

For another, he’d keep his junior welterweight crown even if he loses against

What’s more, in the unlikely event that Algieri upsets Pacquiao, assured of $20 million again, he’ll also capture Pacquiao’s world welterweight belt.

However, Algieri has to add poundage to be able to get to 145 pounds. The division that he presently rules is at the 140-lb limit.

This early, though, the main talk is not about Algieri’s capacity to win but rather, his ability to capitalize on Pacquiao’s sort of built-in drawbacks.

Pacquiao’s recent appointment as head coach of Kia Motors in the PBA could cramp his schedule as the league is set to blast off on Oct. 19, which is almost a month before the Pacquiao-Algieri bout on Nov. 23 in Macau.

How Pacquiao will juggle his training and his dealing with his basketball team is an issue of prime import.

I just hope and pray he’ll be able to put into motion what he had said a while back about coping with his multi-tasking concerns. Don’t forget, he is also a congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani.

“It is all a matter of time management,” he had said.

Good luck, buddy.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 20, 2014.


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