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Pacquiao, Algieri invade San Francisco

Photos: R54 Photography / 3MR

Photos: R54 Photography / 3MR

On Friday afternoon, welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) and junior welterweight beltholder Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) were on hand at AT&T Park in San Francisco to discuss their Nov. 22 title fight, which is set to take place at The Venetian Macao in Macao, China.

The two fighters have embarked on an international press tour to promote their fight and the SF Bay Area is just one of their handful of stops.  On a warm and sunny afternoon, both fighters setup shop on the field above the dugout to speak to the media and a few fans before partaking in the night’s festivities for the Giants-Brewers game.

“I don’t underestimate Algieri, he’s a good fighter, he’s undefeated and I have to work hard,” said Pacquiao, when asked about looking towards 2015.  Pacquiao is coming off of an impressive decision win against Timothy Bradley in their long-awaited rematch and the fight with Algieri will be his third since his loss to Marquez.

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Despite a dominant win over Brandon Rios following the loss to Marquez, Pacquiao looked hesitant to engage; something he admitted to after the fight, but against Bradley, we saw a much more confident Pacquiao who was not afraid to mix it up and get aggressive.

“I was confident going into the fight with Bradley,” acknowledged Pacquiao, “I knew I won the first fight so in the second fight, I knew what to do and it wasn’t difficult for me.”

Meanwhile, Algieri came into his previous fight with Ruslan Provodnikov as the Side B of the bout, but after surviving some rocky moments early on, managed to get back into the fight against a tiring opponent, and ended up getting the decision in an upset.

“This is a huge fight and it’s an honor to be sharing the stage with Manny. As a fighter, this is what you want, this is how you take the next step.” said Algieri.

Algieri, while certainly not a power puncher, relies on speed and a high workrate to stay in fights, and it’s kept him undefeated through 20 fights.  At 5’10” however, Algieri is nearly four inches taller than Pacquiao and it’s a physical trait he hopes to take advantage of.

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“He’s fought tall guys before but not as athletic as me or against someone who can use the ring like I can,” said Algieri.

In the meantime, though Algieri isn’t seen as a huge threat to Pacquiao, the multi-division champ says he takes this fight seriously and isn’t looking towards any other opponents.

“I’m fighting to keep my name at the top of boxing and for my legacy,” added Pacquiao, when asked about what keeps him motivated.

And no Pacquiao press conference is complete without a mention of Floyd Mayweather, who himself fights in September.  Trainer Freddie Roach said that fight isn’t yet dead, while Pacquiao quipped that he’s ready to fight though “something is wrong over there” in reference to Mayweather’s side being unable to agree to a showdown.

Next up is Las Vegas for the duo before heading out to Los Angeles.

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