MANILA, Philippines – American boxer Chris Algieri brushed aside criticisms about him being "gifted" the Manny Pacquiao fight.
Algieri stands to receive over USD 1 million in guaranteed pay for his November 22 fight against the Filipino superstar, in a bout he is considered as a heavy underdog.
“I was an underdog against Emmanuel Taylor. I was an underdog against Ruslan Provodnikov. Everyone was saying I didn’t belong in there,” the New York native, who remains unbeaten in 20 fights, said in Tha Boxing Voice.
“Obviously I proved I belonged to be there. People are saying I don’t belong to be in with Manny. You will see on November 22nd, that I belong to be there.”
Critics believe that Pacquiao, a veteran of 63 fights, will be too much for a “newcomer” like Algieri.
Pacquiao’s rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, even predicted that the Filipino might even knock out the younger American.
Algieri said he will show his preparations for the fight and will prove that he deserves to face the Filipino 8-division champion.
“Follow my entire camp. I document everything. There are no secrets in terms of what I do to prepare for fights. We’re marketing this fight. We’re going to build this fight and we’re going to have a Grand Event on November 22nd,” he said.
“If you don’t think I deserve it. Follow. Watch. Tune in and you’ll see why I do.”