Doubts that the steam had abandoned Manny Pacquiao’s punches were soundly debunked.
Displaying the quick and potent fists that lifted Pacquiao to elite-fighter status during the past decade, the native of the Philippines scored six knockdowns in his lopsided unanimous-decision victory against Chris Algieri early Sunday in Macau, China.
“Our focus was to try to finish the fight early, but we know Algieri is a very tough opponent,” Pacquiao said. “I had him down many times, but he still kept fighting.”
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) dropped Algieri in the second round, twice in the sixth and ninth rounds and again in the 10th. Algieri (21-1) survived the onslaught, but it became the badge of honor of lasting the distance in a rout. Pacquiao won on two judges’ scorecards 119-103 and 120-102 on the third.
Although Pacquiao’s lack of knockout victories has now reached seven fights, the eight-division world champion nonetheless enjoyed his 12-round dominance.
“Of course I’m satisfied with my performance,” said Pacquiao, who successfully defended his World Boxing Organization welterweight title. “I came to fight and did my best.”
Algieri sought to duplicate his hard-fought decision victory over power-punching Ruslan Provodnikov that earned him a junior-welterweight belt in June.
But his strategy of limiting early fight punch output against Pacquiao for eventual buildup with the bout’s progression backfired once he fell to the canvas.
“Manny was very difficult to keep on track,” Algieri said. “Every time I felt I had him in the right place, he would adjust. His ability to adjust and re-adjust was very impressive. He’s a great fighter and his experience really showed.”
Pacquiao, 35, has now won three consecutive bouts since the worst year of his 19-year career, when he lost consecutive fights against Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
And with Pacquiao again resembling the fighter that scored successive
knockout victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto during an 11-month span between 2008 and 2009, talk of the still elusive fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. has resurfaced.
Pacquiao and Mayweather, who shared top pound-for-pound fighter recognition during a four-year period until Pacquiao’s losses to Bradley and Marquez, have been linked to a mega-fight for the past six years. But the two fighters’ camps never reached an accord, and the bout has remained a fantasy to the boxing public.
Pacquiao even made light of the topic after his win against Algieri, grinning and sarcastically questioning each time the issue was brought up.
“He’s going to fight me?” Pacquiao said. “It’s good that we talk about that fight. For me, the fans deserve that fight. It’s time to step up and say yes so people can prepare for early next year. It’s time to make that fight happen.”