GREENLAWN, New York, November 27
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
“Manny Pacquiao is a hell of a fighter.”
After Chris Algieri fell to world boxing star Pacquiao on Saturday, that’s what the Greenlawn native had to say.
In front of a crowd of thousands and being broadcast to millions of others, Algieri took on Pacquiao at the Venetian Macao casino in Macau, China. Algieri – undefeated beforehand and holder of the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) junior welterweight title – lost by unanimous decision to Pacquiao after going a full 12 rounds with the WBO’s welterweight champion.
“It’s not so much the punching power, to tell you the truth; it’s how he mixes the punches up,” Algieri said in the ring following the fight. “He has a very, very distinct and unique style that he has perfected.”
The fight was dominated by Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) almost entirely. Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) was knocked down on six separate occasions – water in one corner of the ring may have played a role in a few – and was very rarely able to create breathing room between himself and the onslaught of Pacquiao punches.
Overall, it seemed as if Pacquiao was just on another level of focus – and rightfully so. The 35-year-old from the Philippines has held world titles in eight separate weight classes and will assuredly be a world boxing hall of famer.
“I did my best. Of course, I am satisfied with my performance,” Pacquiao said in the ring after the fight, which was broadcasted on HBO pay-per-view. “I came to fight. I did my best. I think that’s enough.”
For Algieri, the performance is still something to be proud of. While he, of course, would have preferred a win, the night instead turned into “a learning experience,” Algieri said – one that will only benefit the 30-year-old as he prepares for future ventures in the ring. Algieri’s title was not up for grabs Saturday, so his next fight may very well have to come in its defense.
“I am OK, just disappointed,” Algieri said to his followers on Twitter after the fight. “Thank you everyone for your support, it means the world to me. I learned a lot tonight and promise I’ll be back.”
While future fights develop in the coming months, Algieri, a St. Anthony’s High School graduate, can spend his spare time spending his career-high earnings from the fight: $1.675 million – a cool 16.75 times more than the $100,000 the champ took home with a win over Ruslan Provodnikov in June.
Speaking of Provodnikov, along with the “Siberian Rocky,” Algieri also took down American boxer Emmanuel Taylor in 2014. Algieri made his way from Huntington’s Paramount, to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and finally the Venetian Macao. While Saturday’s setback may sting for a bit, Algieri has plenty to be proud of this year – and he knows that.
“It’s been a great year,” he said in the press conference following the fight against Pacquiao. “I’m really looking forward to what 2015 is holding and has ahead for me. I’m going to take the rest of this year… to gather my wits, get back to the drawing board and get back out there to make another run.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, November 27, 2014; A3)