MACAU – It seems the camp of Chris Algieri is desperately losing this one very fast.
Shortly after struggling to make weight, Algieri’s trainer created a scene at the rules meeting on Friday as Tim Lane yelled at officials of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and questioned just about everything from a supposedly broken weighing scale, the prospect of his boxer being stripped of his junior welterweight title, all the way to the manner of wrapping the hands of Manny Pacquiao on fight day.
Freddie Roach disclosed Lane went ballistic during the meeting to the point that he almost cursed at a WBO commissioner when they were told about the possibility of Algieri losing his WBO 140-lbs crown once he stepped inside the ring against Pacquiao on Sunday at the Cotai Arena here.
“He’s yelling and screaming today (at the rules committee),” said Roach.
Under WBO rules, a fighter can’t hold two titles at the same time.
Algieri won the junior welterweight title last June following a split decision over Ruslan Provodnikov. He will be fighting for the 147-lb. division crown in his 12-round match against Pacquiao.
“He’s really upset about taking the belt,” disclosed Roach.
Lane also questioned the scales used during the weigh-in when Algieri failed to meet the 144-lbs catch weight twice, before making it on his third try (143.6) after shedding off the extra pound for about an hour. The former world kickboxing champion turned boxing trainer said his boxer twice tipped in at 143 using two different scales prior to the weigh-in.
And then there’s the hand-wrapping issue of which he said Roach’s technique of rolling the tape between the fingers is illegal.
“He knows it that in Nevada that’s legal because he sees me do it before. He’s trying to shop me before, but the commission said no, it’s in the rule book now that it's legal,” said the 54-year-old trainer.
Roach already warned Pacquiao about the possibility of Lane trying to make a fuss out of the hand wraps inside the dressing room hours before the fight on Sunday.
“That does not make any difference in the fight, believe me. Its’ not gonna make a winner or a loser, a piece of tape doesn’t decide that. The better fighter will win the fight,” he said.
And there’s no going to be a clear winner for Roach than the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
“I think he (Algieri) will be overwhelmed. Manny’s speed and combination are gonna be too much for him. He won’t be able to handle the speed, the flurries Manny will be throwing,” said Roach confidently.