Algieri believes he can knock out 'old' Pacquiao


Posted at Jul 22 2014 12:36 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2014 08:36 PM

Unbeaten American boxer Chris Algieri believes he can knock out Manny Pacquiao in their title fight, considering three of the Pacman's five career losses have come via stoppages.

Algieri will challenge Pacquiao for the Filipino's WBO welterweight belt on November 22 in Macau, an opportunity he earned by upsetting Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov last June.

"No, (a knockout is not out of the question), not at all," Algieri, who has a 40% knockout rate, told Boxing Scene.

"Manny has five losses, and three of them are stoppages. It's definitely not out of the question," he added.

Algieri noted that even when he fought Provodnikov – who has a good chin – he believed that he could have won by knockout. Provodnikov, however, floored him in the first round and damaged his eye, which the American believes affected his chances.

"As good as (Provodnikov's) chin is, I didn't think a stoppage was out of the question in that fight. I think things change because of the eye, but I don't doubt that if we fought again, that a knockout wouldn't be there," he said.

Algieri also said in a separate Boxing Scene report that his aim for the fight was to make Pacquiao feel old.

"I'm going to try to make him feel like that," Algieri said. "Whether he is or he isn't, my job is to make him feel like that."

Although he is undoubtedly the underdog against Pacquiao, Algieri has been remarkably confident and believes his size and reach advantage will play a factor during their 12-round encounter.

"I'm a bigger person. I don't care about the weight classes; I'm going to be the bigger man on that night," said Algieri. "He's never fought someone as large as me."

"I'm the bigger guy. I'm a bigger framed guy. I'm a heavier guy, and I think I present some very unique challenges to him," he added. "I'm long, strong, fast, athletic, good boxing skills."

"That's gonna be tough for anyone in the division, and I think that's going to be especially tough for Manny."