Manny Pacquiao has stressed that with his recent venture into the Philippine Basketball Association and ONE FC, his focus on boxing hasn’t waned.
“Basketball is my first love but boxing is my bread and butter,” Pacquiao told the Inquirer. “It’s a matter of time management. I’ve been doing multi-tasking before and this job as playing-coach of a basketball team is no longer new.”
He said he’ll be training in Santos City, Philippines, for his fight against Chris Algieri on Nov. 23.
Algieri, the junior welterweight champion whose also undefeated, said he’s eager to fight Pacquiao, who is coming off a win over Timothy Bradley earlier this year.
“I’m really looking forward to the press tour. For one I’ve never met Manny so I’m looking forward to meeting Manny,” said Algieri, reported Boxingscene.com.
“He seems like a great guy and everyone I talked to said the same thing. I think we’re gonna have a very cordial press tour,” added Algieri. “Very respectable and humble guy, I am as well so it should be fun. I think it’s gonna do a lot of good for marketing this fight.”
In another interview, he said he’s a fan of Pacquiao.
“My coach Tim Lane keeps doing a lot of tape review right now. I don’t watch a lot of tape, I’ve been watching Manny for years, I’m a fan of Manny” said Algieri, according to GMA News. “I know how these guys fight, I’ve seen it before. I don’t have to do too much studying I’d leave that to the team. Right now it’s just really getting used to southpaw positioning, punches coming from those angles,” he added.