Former two division world champion Zab Judah is looking forward to the November 22nd fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) and unbeaten boxer Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Judah likes Algieri’s hand speed and boxing skills. He thinks he could possibly give Pacquiao problems if he can pass this test. If not, then Judah expects Pacquaio’s southpaw stance, speed and power to give Algieri problems.
“It’s a good fight for Algieri. He’s got fast hands,” Judah said to esnewsreporting.com. “I’m down for any boxer, but Manny’s a southpaw with great speed, and great power. I think we’re going to find out in this fight who Chris Algieri is.”
This is a fight where we could see the 35-year-old Pacquiao brought back down to earth again and exposed for yet another time. Algieri has the height, 5’11”, reach, jab, hand speed and the mobility to make Pacquiao a helpless fighter on November 22nd.
If 5’6” Tim Bradley was able to out-box Pacquiao using movement and a good jab in their fight in 2012, then the much taller Algieri can do the same thing but far worse. Bradley probably could have out-boxed Pacquiao if he had wanted to do that in their fight in April of this year, but instead Bradley defeated himself by going out and fighting Pacquiao’s fight by choosing to punch with him. It was strange and more than a little stupid for Bradley to have done that, but obviously he didn’t believe in himself.
Algieri doesn’t have the punching power to stand and trade with Pacquiao, so he’s going to need to treat this fight much like he did his last one against the stronger Ruslan Provodnikov by using movement on the Filipino star. If Algieri can stay on his bike for the full 12 rounds, he’ll likely beat Pacquiao unless he gets robbed by the judges, which wouldn’t surprise me at all to be honest.
This fight is really up to Algieri. He’s got the ability to win it. He’s just got to make sure that he fights smart and doesn’t go out and slug with him and get caught with something silly.