Manny Pacquiao’s adviser says that Pacman will knock out Chris Algieri in their upcoming fight next Saturday.
Michael Koncz, the adviser, said that he’s confident his client (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will KO Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22 in Macau.
“I’m confident that we will see a knockout win on November 22,” Koncz told the Manila Times.
“Pacquiao’s trainers made a wonderful job so far,” he added, saying that he liked what he saw in training.
Pacquiao has not had a KO since November 2009 against Miguel Cotto.
But Bad Left Hook noted that the fighters he’s faced since then have all been very tough, including Shane Mosley, Timothy Bradley, and Brandon Rios.
Also, the blog says that at least one of Pacquiao’s bouts since then should have been stopped–when Antonio Margarito was getting crushed by Pacman.
“Margarito had his face broken into pieces by Pacquiao, but made it all 12 rounds. Margarito was much, much bigger than Manny, and in truth, referee Laurence Cole or trainer Robert Garcia could have stopped that fight; arguably, one of them should have stopped that fight,” it said.
Even with the lull in a KO, fans agree with Koncz that Pacquiao will knock out his opponent next weekend.
A poll saw over 3,200 votes cast–and 66 percent, or 2168 people, voted “Yes, Pacquiao will win by stoppage.”
Another 27 percent voted no but believe that Pacquiao will still win by decision, while 7 percent said that Algieri will win the fight.
But Algieri likes his chances and is confident that he can grab the win.
“I truly believe that if I be myself and do what I know I can do, it doesn’t matter what Pacquiao does,” Algieri told Newsday.
“We’re just going to set the tone and the pace and win the fight that way, just win it outright without having to worry about Pacquiao.”
Trainer Keith Trimble,a former kickboxer, agreed.
“Yeah, it’s Manny Pacquiao. Even though he’s older, he’s still going to have his speed. He’s going to be flying around,” Trimble said.
“But Chris isn’t going to get rattled. He’s going to stick to his game plan, which is using his jab. Once again, his smarts will come into play. Manny will get frustrated and start jumping in, and he’s going to get caught.