|Manny Pacquiao (right) batters Antonio Margarito.
MANILA – American boxer Chris Algieri brushed aside comparisons between him and “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, the tall Mexican slugger who was badly beaten by Manny Pacquiao back in 2010.
Pundits have pointed out the similarities between the 5’11” Algieri and Margarito, who has a similiar build as the unbeaten American.
But Algieri said their similarities end there, and this is why he will be successful against Pacquiao, unlike his Mexican counterpart.
“He's (Pacquiao) never fought someone as large as me, so if you think about Margarito, who's a large guy, but not an athletic guy,” said Algieri in an interview with a group of boxing scribes.
The New Yorker said that despite Margarito’s long reach, the Mexican is more of an inside fighter who prefers to dish out vicious bodyshots.
Algieri said this is the reason Margarito got beaten by Pacquiao, who uses his speed and footwork to dazzle his opponents.
“He's (Margarito) a pretty forward slugger... Manny kills those guys. He picks them apart.”
Although Pacquiao wasn't able to finish the taller Mexican, he dealt Margarito some heavy blows that broke the Mexican's orbital bone.
Algieri said his fighting style is much more different. Unlike the Mexican, he prefers to fight from the outside by utilizing his longer reach against a shorter opponent.
“[I’m] a guy who has been into moving pushing, throwing, using his jab, his reach,” he said.
He added he is also capable of counter-punching, the same tactic employed by Pacquiao’s greatest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Guys who move, guys who have angles, guys with stylish boxing, give him much trouble,” said Algieri.