American boxer Chris Algieri is not fazed even though he is a huge underdog against Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight showdown on November 22.
Algieri, an unbeaten boxer from Long Island, earned his shot at Pacquiao's WBO belt by beating Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov. Some oddsmakers have installed him as a 16-1 underdog against the Filipino.
According to a report from The Sweet Science, the long odds do not really concern Algieri.
"That is fine by me," he said. "That is on paper. And on paper, I am not supposed to win."
But he confidently pointed out: "Championships are won on intangibles, not on paper."
Algieri also believes that the odds will still change as the fight draws closer and more people realize what he is capable of.
"We are three-and-a-half months away. Those odds will tighten up as the world sees my hard work and dedication," he said.
Algieri was also the underdog when he fought Provodnikov last June, and indeed, it looked as though the Russian was on his way to victory after flooring the American twice in the opening round.
Algieri would rally, however, and out-boxed Provodnikov the rest of the way to earn a split decision.