Can Manny Still Pacquiao A Punch?

Manny Pacquiao is looking to turn back the clock against Chris Algieri!

It's been five years since his last stoppage result, but Manny Pacquiao's corner is talking up a knockout victory over Chris Algieri in a WBO World Welterweight title fight in Macau on Saturday afternoon (AEST).

Not only is Pacquiao's trainer Freddi Roach suggesting a 'lights out' victory, he reckons the champ's looking to do it in the first round. In 63 professional fights (56 wins - 38 by KO, 5 losses and 2 draws), the Filipino Slugger has never finished off an opponent in the opening round.

Pushing 36, Pacquiao has recovered from being knocked cold two years ago by Juan Manuel Marquez. The Pac-man has regained his title, but not his once fearsome reputation. It seems these days he's fighting the perception that he's in decline and no longer has the killer-blows required at the elite level.

A 30-year-old New Yorker, Algieri is a former kickboxer. He's unbeaten in 20 pro boxing fights, winning eight of them by KO. But even though he may have height, reach, age and fitness advantage, this is a huge step up in class for the self proclaimed 'King of New York'. 

Most experts believe Algieri is a knockout in the waiting for a polished Pacquiao and an impressive performance by the first and only eight-division world champion could be the springboard to the veteran's dream of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jnr.


Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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