MANILA – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach has admitted to underestimating American boxer Chris Algieri when he fought Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov, but vowed not to do so again.
Roach was in Provodnikov's corner when he fought Algieri in June, and though the Russian knocked down Algieri twice in the first round, he was outboxed the rest of the way.
Algieri won a disputed decision, and with it, a chance to fight Roach's prized ward, Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
"I underestimated Algieri when he faced Ruslan Provodnikov in June," admitted Roach in an interview with Boxing Scene. "But I won't make that mistake again."
Thanks to his performance against Provodnikov, Algieri is now set to challenge Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight championship on November 22 at the Venetian in Macau.
It will be the biggest fight of Algieri's career to date, and Roach is hoping that he will take the challenge head on and opt to stand and fight instead of "running."
"I hope he (Algieri) understands that this is a fight, and not a marathon," Roach commented. "Algieri is going to face the best of Manny Pacquiao, because Manny is going to have his toughest training camp ever."
"I am looking forward to a great fight and Manny's finest hour on November 22."
The Algieri fight marks the second time that Pacquiao will fight in Macau. He previously defeated Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios in the same venue in November 2013, which saw him snap a two-fight losing streak.