Manny Pacquiao showcased his supremacy over American Chris Algieri as he won via emphatic fashion in their WBO welterweight championship bout on November 23 at The Venetian Macao.
Pacquiao blasted the 30-year old New Yorker with timely hits and accurate power punches, thereby frustrating the challenger as Algieri decided to backpedal for most parts of the fight to be able to survive up to the final bell. The judges scored it 119-103, 119-103, and 120-102 for the reigning champion who improved his boxing record to 57 wins, five losses, and two draws.
The “Pambansang Kamao” floored Algieri six times as referee Genaro Rodriguez let the bout finish when it appears to be that although obviously outmatched, the 5-10 former kickboxer was game in wanting to reach the conclusion of the bout. This is the first loss of Algieri on the boxing ring.
A new facet in Pacquiao’s arsenal is that he never wavered up to the end. In previous fights, he lowered his guard in later parts of fights he was dominating to let opponents land a throw here and there.
Pickings have been slim for Pacquiao, whose last opponents that gave him trouble were Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Márquez, but everything else is just a perceived ‘warm up’ match to the much clamored skirmish between the soon to be 36-year old Filipino and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.