MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will get a total of six weeks of training to prepare for his WBO welterweight title defense against tall American boxer Chris Algieri.
Boxing trainer Freddie Roach said they will set up their training camp in the Philippines, which is closer to Macau where the bout will take place on November 22.
“We’ll have camp in the Philippines. In the Philippines, we’re in the same time zone, so we won’t have to acclimate. Training camp will be six weeks and we’ll spend the last week in Macau,” he explained in Tha Boxing Voice.
Roach said he isn’t worried about Algieri’s jab, which could be a potent weapon coming from a 5-foot-10 boxer.
While Pacquiao, at 5-foot-6.5, is the shorter fighter, Roach believes the Filipino’ wealth of experience and boxing skills will be more than enough to offset the jab.
“It should be no problem for Pacquiao. It’s like night and day. He’s way above him,” said Roach. “We’ll [even] knock him out somewhere along the way.”
The welterweight bout will take place at a 144-pound catch weight, meaning that Pacquiao will have to go down in weight to meet Algieri, who, in turn, is climbing up from 140 pounds.
“It doesn’t matter. It is what it is, and we’re just going to get ready to fight him,” Roach said.