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Pacquiao hungry for a KO

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In advance of the November clash between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algeri in Macao, China, Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum spoke with the media and hit on a range of topics.

Arum spoke of Algeri’s training camps in New York and Las Vegas going well.

Roach talked about Pacquiao’s training camp and mentioned the sparring partners for Pacquiao as Mike Jones, Vickor Postol and Stan Martyniouk and that he believes some of the righters are better than Algeri. Roach brought in big sparring partners to emulate Algeri and would like to see a knockout win but does not sound optimistic.

“I would love to see a knockout. I think at 147 he is a little smaller than most of the 147-pounders out there. We have to feed him five times a day for him to make that weight. This fight is at 144 and I think his power will come back. I see a knockout coming for sure.”

The winner or multiple Trainer of Year awards, Roach believes Algeri to move well in the ring and utilize a good jab. He sees Algeri as a worthy opponent coming off an impressive win over Ruslan Provodnikov and deserved the fight against his fighter.

Pacquiao spoke that playing basketball for a Phillipine basketball team in front of 50,000 fans in between training did not affect his preparations for his November title defense, and in fact, believes it to add to his exercise regimen in a positive way.

“It does not affect my training because basketball is on Sunday and we do not train on Sunday.

Basketball is also good for footwork and balancing. It helps a lot and that is why I am always in shape when I don’t have a fight because I am always playing basketball. Basketball provides me with great cross-training.”

Arum spoke on why Pacquiao was taken back to China for a fight after coming off an April win against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas this year.

“HBO I am sure they never said they would never go back to China, and besides, who are they to say anything when it is my money, it’s Manny’s career and we are fighting in probably the best location in the world which is in Macao in the Cotai Arena, which is a tremendous place to watch a fight live. It’s really too bad that someone like yourself is not coming over to see why it is so desirable to see a big fight in the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao resort. Now, with that being said, half of the boxing card, which features fighters like Zou Shiming will be on the card. They said to me they wanted Manny to fight there once a year – so obviously if Manny fights twice a year, he fights there in the fall and in the spring, he fights either in the United States or some other place.”

Arum thinks pay per view numbers for the November fight can get to the 750,000 to 900,000 range.

Pacquiao, who has not scored a knockout since his late stoppage of Miguel Cotto, says he has been training hard and is antsy to score a KO, though he admits that he’s more concerned with the ‘W’.

“I am still hungry and I am doing what I did before – what we did in Wild Card training in Hollywood.  That’s what we are doing right now and it is good.  Sparring and hitting the mitts and plyometrics so it is good,” added Pacquiao.

“We cannot go into the fight thinking about the knockout.  A knockout will not change the result of the fight as long as we get the win.  What we are trying to do right now is to get the focus in training and for the fight that people want to see.  Chris Algieri is a very dangerous fighter and we are taking nothing for granted in this training camp.”

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