Analyst: Algieri can upset 'older, distracted' Pacquiao
ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas is not ruling out an upset when American boxer Chris Algieri challenges Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight belt in November.
The 30-year-old Algieri earned the title shot when he shockingly beat Pacquiao's former sparring partner, Ruslan Provodnikov, in June despite getting floored twice in the first round.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, Atlas said that while he believes Pacquiao will win, it is not out of the question for Algieri to pull off an upset the way he did against Provodnikov.
"I thought Ruslan (Provodnikov) was going to have his way. Obviously, he didn't completely have his way; he lost the fight," Atlas said.
"Pacquiao is getting older, Pacquiao has a lot of miles on the tires, Pacquiao has been around for a long time," Atlas observed. "Pacquiao has been in a lot of rough wars, and he has a lot of personal problems. He has a lot of stuff tugging at him."
Atlas said that Algieri, the younger fighter, "doesn't have anything tugging at him, he doesn't have many miles on that odometer."
The analyst is quick to add that Algieri doesn't have the experience, talent and skill set that Pacquiao has, but a combination of age and personal issues may lead to the Pacman's downfall.
"You never know," Atlas said. "When a guy like Pacquiao gets a little old, or when all of those things tugging at him pulls him too far in one way … politics, marital problems, religious problems, he owes money to the tax man over there – all of that stuff can impact you."
"Maybe, Algieri is once again in the right place at the right time," he suggested.