MANILA – Unbeaten fighter Chris Algieri said he doesn’t need to watch too many of Manny Pacquiao’s fight tapes while preparing for their fight in November.
“I'm not watching many tapes... I've been watching Manny for years, I'm a fan of Manny... I know how these guys fight,” said Algieri in Boxing Scene.
The New York-based fighter, who was “awarded” the bout after pulling off a surprise win over Ruslan Provodnikov, has started light training for the November 22 bout.
Algieri said that among the things he needs to prepare for is familiarizing himself against left-handed fighters.
Pacquiao is known to have knocked out many of his opponents using his left hand, although he has also recently developed punching power in his right.
“Right now, it's just getting used to southpaw positioning, punches coming from those angles. I believe I fought as a pro, 6 to 7 south paws at this point,” said Algieri.
Algieri is coming into the bout as a huge underdog with only 20 fights (20 wins, 0 defeat) under his belt compared to Pacquiao’s 63 (56 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws).
But he said that it would be a terrible mistake for any fighter to underestimate him, especially after he eked out a split-decision win against Provodnikov last June.
“Mark my words, I'm coming in fully prepared and I'm sure Manny knows this and Freddie knows this as well. I'm coming to win this fight, I'm not here to get a payday, I'm not here just to fight Manny Pacquiao,” said Algieri. “I'm here to win this fight.”