MACAU – Just before his scheduled workout on Wednesday, Chris Algieri stood atop the ring and willingly raised both arms in triumph for all the people inside the training facility of The Venetian to see.
It was his curt reply to a question on what he envisions will happen on Sunday at the end of his fight against reigning welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
Although easily dismissed as someone who can’t hold a candle to Pacquiao, Algieri admitted he’s hardly bothered by the underdog tag.
After all, the confident challenger revealed he’s no Pacquiao fan.
“I’m a big boxing fan, so I've watched every one of the fights. But to tell you the truth, I was not the biggest Manny Pacquiao fan when he was actually fighting. I watched his fights, but I wasn't buying the pay-per-view,” Algieri said.
Besides, the New Yorker claimed he knows what it takes to beat the fighter considered one of the greatest of his era.
What he lacks in experience, Algieri hopes to make up for with tons of ring intelligence as he guns for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on Sunday in the 12-round bout at the Cotai Arena here.
Unlike the champion who already won a record eight world division titles spiked by an impressive ring record of 56-5-2 (38 KOs) compiled in more than two decades of fighting, the challenger has reigned as world champion just once and only fought 20 times with only eight KOs to boast, although he remains unbeaten five years since turning pro.
Yet despite the obvious discrepancy, the 30-year-old New Yorker believes he has the perfect game plan to upset the heavily-favored Filipino fighter.
“He got the experience, sure. But when it comes to ring intelligence, IQ, and strategy, I don’t even have to prove myself,” he said on Wednesday.
“We have the right game plan to execute. And I have my entire team behind me.”
Likewise, he’s hardly bothered by the expected pro-Pacquiao crowd that is expected to troop at the arena.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a factor come fight night,” he said. “It’s just me, myself and Pacquiao,” said Algieri.