Manny Pacquiao says he can knock out his next opponent Chris Algieri in six rounds or less.
The pair are set to face off on November 22 in Macau.
“We are scheduled to fight for 12 rounds but that’s just too long,” Pacquiao (56-5-3, 38 KOs) told Tempo.
“Six rounds or less will be enough.”
The statement made waves because Pacquiao hasn’t gotten a stoppage victory since his 2009 twelfth round takedown of Miguel Cotto.
Pacquiao isn’t the only confident boxer in the match. Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), a native of Long Island in New York, recently told the New York Post that he expects to win.
“After I beat Manny, he can fight Floyd. That’s fine with me,” Algieri said. “Boxing has worked out for me that when I do what I’m supposed to do I get what I’m supposed to get.”
The fight he’s referring to is the long-rumored bout between Pacman and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Provided Pacquiao does beat Algieri, it’s widely expected that the long-awaited fight will happen between Pacman and Money in 2015.
Mayweather has indicated that the fight might not happen if Pacquiao loses.
Both fighters have others trying to get matches with them. Amir Khan wants to fight both of them, while Marcos Maidana, who just lost to Mayweather, apparently wants to take on Pacquiao.
“He’s resting up for the rest of the year,” Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia told Boxing Scene. “Hopefully by next year, he’ll get something big. There’s a lot of big fights out there. Especially if we’re talking about a rematch with Broner, a rematch with Amir Khan.
“I would love for him to fight Pacquiao. That’s the fight that I would love, but that’s between his managers and his promotional team.”
Mayweather’s next fight will likely be in May 2015, whether he fights Pacquiao or not. If Pacman doesn’t fight Money, then he would likely fight in June 2015.
Both fighters are expected to retire after several more bouts.