MACAU – Chris Algieri is not about to be dragged in a war of words with Freddie Roach.
He’d rather leave the trash talking to his trainers Keith Trimble and Tim Lane, who on Thursday raised a lot of eyebrows when he boasted Manny Pacquiao will ‘gonna sleep, go home, and retire,’ in his Sunday title fight against their boy.
“Either its gamesmanship on the part of Freddie Roach or he’s really take off, I’m not really sure. But I’m sticking to what I’m saying, I’m not fighting Freddie Roach and it doesn’t matter,” said the 30-year-old Algieri.
Roach has been critical about the Algieri camp, especially Lane, whom he addressed as just a ‘kickboxing coach.’
“They’re very cocky people and I just don’t like that,” said Pacquiao’s long-time trainer.
But Lane again upped the ante when he said during the roundtable interview with members of the international press that Algieri will silence the expected pro-Pacquiao crowd at the Cotai Arena behind a performance that’s going to shock the world.
“We will be winning this fight. It’s gonna be quiet over here. We’re gonna go back home and have a nice after-party,” said Lane.
“Chris is the young Lion and he will prevail.”
Algieri for his part would rather do everything in the ring to prove his trainers right.
“I’m not fighting Freddie Roach. I’m fighting his guy. I’m not gonna get dragged in an argument or twitter battle or anything like that,” said the 5-foot-10 Pacquiao challenger.