It was a mismatch after all. Despite a brilliant promotion by Bob Arum and Top Rank to make us think otherwise once the bell rang it was obvious Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) is a legendary fighter and Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) is a good fighter. Just not on the same level.
Manny Pacquiao dominated and won a lopsided fight and scored 6 knockdowns in the process. Two of them could have been rules slips as Algieri lost his footing in Pacquiao’s corner due to a wet canvas. What was very clear though was Algieri’s game plan of staying away from Pacquiao with hopes of turning it on in the later rounds just as he had done earlier in the year against Provodnikov didn’t work. The only problem with such a strategy is Pacquiao, who unlike the Siberian Rocky, is a high volume power punching boxer all in one, which meant by the time the late rounds came he was so far down on the scorecards he would need to win by KO. A big problem considering Algieri only has 8 prior wins by KO.
Algieri is good fighter and very difficult to hit clean. He has a his long reach and an awkward defense in which he bends down and steps back to his left and out of reach of his opponents straight shot after every exchange. In round 9 however Pacquiao landed the hardest blow of the fight, a straight left that caught Algieri flush and sent him to the canvas. Algieri made it out of the round despite tasting the canvas a few more times.
Algieri really never had a chance to win the fight. After all the smoke cleared what we all witnessed was another total dominating Manny Pacquiao performance. Algieri is still the WBO junior welterweight champion and will have a chance to defend that title in 2015 and for Pacquiao we are again left hoping for the fight we all want to see, Pacquiao vs Mayweather.
As Bob Arum said in the post press conference “Enough is a enough let just make it happen. I want it to be their next fight.”
Shiming is getting stronger.
Former Two-time Olympic Champion Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KO) won a tough unanimous decision of previously unbeaten Thai fighter Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-1-2, 12 KOs). Shiming is showing improvement every fight and tonight he showed new power. In a hard fought 12 round fight, Shimings first, he knocked the Thai fighter down 4 times. He proved to us and himself that if he sits down on his punches he has the power to hurt his opponents. Unfortunately halfway through the fight he reverted to his old form of moving and peppering his opponent with combinations of arm punches, which never really hurt OnesongchaiGym. The final scores were 119-106, 119-106, and 120-103.
Shiming suffered a nasty cut over his left eye due to an accidental head butt and by the end of the fight the eye had swollen shut. Because of his damaged eye Bob Arum announced Shimings previously planned ring return in February had to be postponed to a later date in March or even April. On a positive note Arum did reveal that Shiming’s next fight would indeed be for a title.
Lomachenko defends his title with one hand.
Former two-time Olympic Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) showed tonight why he was able to win the WBO Featherweight title in only his 3rd professional fight. From the opening bell he dominated his Thai opponent. Early on Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33 KOs) had no answer for Lomachenkos superior hand speed and hard power punches. After knocking down Piriyapinyo in the 4th and looking like he was making it an early night, Lomachenko hurt his hand and fought the rest of the fight using only his healthier right hand. Instead of a KO victory it became a master class type performance by Lomachenko in which he showed his exceptional footwork, superb defense and toughness.
What is next for Lomachenko? He has mentioned in the past he would like to unify against the other belt holders in the Featherweight division, but time will tell if they are willing to risk their belts against this fast and powerful Ukrainian fighter.
Jessie Vargas defends his WBO belt against DeMarco.
Undefeated Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), trained by Roy Jones Jr., won a unanimous decision over Antonio DeMarco (31-4-1, 23 KOs). The scores were 116-112 on all the cards. It was a hard fought action filled fight that left both fighters bruised and battered. There are now talks about Vargas facing Manny Pacquiao in his next fight.
Manny Pacquiao dominates Chris Algieri.
Written by Soren Krabbe
Photos by Chris Farina / Top Rank
November 22nd 2014