Manny Pacquiao will be able to go 12 rounds against Chris Algieri if necessary, and he will also force the younger fighter to run, according to his strength and conditioning coach.
Justin Fortune also said that Algieri earned the right to challenge Pacquiao after beating Ruslan Provodnikov earlier this year.
“I thought Algieri beat Provodnikov, he won it on balls and ring generalship. After all, he survived two knockdowns in the first round and a swollen right eye to go the distance,” he told the Philippine Star.
But Fortune, 48, says that Pacquiao is in great condition while maintaining power.
“When Algieri gets hit and feels Manny’s power, you know he’s going to run. Manny’s got to be in shape to chase him down,” said Fortune.
“I guarantee Manny wins the fight but I won’t predict how he’ll get it done. Manny’s a machine and he’ll come to the fight ready to go 12 rounds if necessary. He’s been absolutely phenomenal in the gym, working harder than ever.”
Fortune also said that Pacquiao’s body is incredible.
“His metabolism is incredible,” said Fortune. “Manny misses one meal and his weight drops. They should bring Manny to a university and study his anatomy.”
Pacquiao and Algieri will face off on November 22 (US time) in Macau.
Meanwhile, the WBO announced that Algieri is being forced to relinquish his junior welterweight title because of his welterweight title fight with Pacquiao.
“The move by the WBO to strip Algieri of the belt without allowing him to defend, while also sanctioning the welterweight title fight with Manny, is controversial at best,” noted Bad Left Hook.
“Usually in a circumstance like this, where the sanctioning body controls both of the belts in question, the fighter in Algieri’s position would be given time to decide which belt to keep, at the very least, should he beat Pacquiao and win a title in a second weight class.”