Manny Pacquiao (L) from the Philippines and Chris Algieri of the U.S. give thumbs up during a news conference at Venetian Macao in Macau August 25, 2014. Photo by Bobby Yip, Reuters.
Casual boxing fans who are not too familiar with American boxer Chris Algieri will learn how good he is when he fights Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in November, respected boxing commentator "Colonel" Bob Sheridan said.
Sheridan, dubbed "The Voice of Boxing," said in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio that the Pacquiao-Algieri match-up was an interesting one.
"I think that this is a good fight," he said. "Manny Pacquiao is very, very quick, and Algieri is a fighter that likes to fight from the outside a lot. If they engage, I think that Manny Pacquiao still has plenty left, and that he'd be able to catch up with Algieri."
The fight has not been without its detractors, with some questioning why Algieri was awarded a shot against Pacquiao in the first place.
"I think it's a competitive fight," Sheridan said. "I think it's an interesting fight, and Manny Pacquiao is at the back nine holes of his career. We'll see what happens."
As for Algieri's chances, Sheridan said: "Algieri pulled off a major upset in his last fight, so who knows? That's why he got a shot at the mega box in fighting Manny Pacquiao."
Algieri became the top contender for Pacquiao after he upset the Filipino's former sparring partner, Ruslan Provodnikov, earlier this year.
Pacquiao and Algieri kicked off their press tour Monday in Macau, and the "Pacman" did not sound too concerned about his opponent.
"I saw his fight with Ruslan. He took a lot of bad punches from Ruslan, but he's tough," Pacquiao said. "He can box. I'm not saying he's really good, but he's not bad. He's okay."
Pacquiao's coach, Freddie Roach, said their biggest hurdle would be Algieri's jab and reach advantage.
"Algieri has a good reach advantage, and we're going to have to get past that and his jab. That would be our biggest problem. We have ways to do that," said the Hall-of-Fame trainer. -- With a report from Agence France-Presse