MACAU – He may have suffered his first career loss and the ignominy of being knocked down six times in a single fight.
But Chris Algieri swore his pride and confidence remains very much intact even after the embarrassing setback he suffered at the hands of the great Manny Pacquiao.
“It’s a learning experience. It’s not gonna shake my confidence and ability. I’m still proud of my skills,” said Algieri moments after his failed bid for a second world title this year.
The 30-year-old challenger had a lot of confidence in him going to the 12-round fight especially in light of his stunning split decision win over former Pacquiao sparmate Ruslan Provodnikov for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title.
But he learned the hard way that Provodnikov is just not the same animal as Pacquiao.
The Filipino boxing great clinically picked Algieri apart, dropping the challenger six times in a dominant showing that earned him nothing but praises from the New York native himself.
“Manny Pacquiao is a great champion. It’s an honor to share the ring with him. He’s exactly what he’s build at. He’s a great champion, an all-time great, and one of the best boxers of his era,” said the 5-foot-10 New Yorker, who showed up in dark glasses during the post-fight press conference to hide the bruises around both his eyes.
For a while, Algieri said he liked his chances against Pacquiao especially after he tried to slow things down in the beginning, notwithstanding a second round knockdown he suffered which appeared to be a slip.
But then the champion knew what to do.
“Manny’s adjustment was flawless. He’s a great fighter,” said Algieri.
Although man enough to admit he lost the fight, Algieri still couldn’t take how he performed in the biggest fight of his career.
“This is not exactly how I expected to be up here. I expected to be 21-0 at this point. I’m very disappointed,” he said.