MACAU – Try to be as cordial as they can be, but the handlers of Chris Algieri couldn’t help but proclaimed for the entire world to hear that a new World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion will emerge Sunday afternoon.
Tim Lane and Keith Trimble, both of whom will be at the corner of Algieri when he challenges the great Manny Pacquiao, confidently asserted the unbeaten challenger from New York City is bound to become the new toast of the 147-lbs division by beating the Filipino ring legend in their scheduled 12-round title fight at the Cotai Arena here.
Lane, the former world kickboxing champion, paid his respect to the 35-year-old Pacquiao during Wednesday night’s final press conference for the bout at The Venetian, calling the fighting congressman from the province of Sarangani as a legend and a great champion.
But at the same time, he also believes Pacquiao’s reign as one of the best boxers of his era is over and that Algieri’s time has finally come.
“On Saturday night, the passing continues and we’ll gonna see a new champion and a new star in the division,” said Lane as he stood in the podium.
Trimble for his part, said he knew Algieri was going to be special the moment Lane took him under his wings, first as a kickboxer and later on, as a prizefighter, who went on to win world titles.
“On November 23, Chris Algieri will become victorious again and will become the new WBO welterweight champion,” Trimble stressed.
Typical of Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach, the two kept everything passive and said everything they planned in training camp was accomplished.
“It’s all set. We did our best in training (camp),” says the champion, who even quoted a verse in the Bible when he said, “If you’re in My hand, no one can harm you.”
Roach was not as spiritual as his prized boxer and instead, kept things as simple as possible.
“Manny is in great shape,” was the five-time Trainer of the Year’s simple message.