Algieri: I'm a Purist, I Wanted The Pacquiao Fight at 147

By Rick Reeno

WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8KOs) has been watching Manny Pacquiao for years. On November 22nd, Algieri is going to challenge Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title in Macau, China.

When they met for the first time, and went face to face at the kickoff press conference in China, Algieri admits that he was surprised with just how small the Filipino fighter was.

"He was shorter and smaller than I expected," Algieri tells

The fight takes place at a catch-weight of 144-pounds. When the weight limit was initially disclosed, most fans believed the catch-weight was requested by Algieri's side. That wasn't exactly shocking, since Algieri is the fighter moving up.

But, that wasn't the case. Pacquiao's handlers wanted a catch-weight to prevent the physically bigger Algieri from gaining a significant weight advantage on the night of the fight.

Algieri already has an advantage of four inches in height, [although it looks like a bigger gap in height when they stand side by side] and he has an advantage of five inches in reach.

The Long Island fighter is not a fan of catch-weights. He was actually eager to face Pacquiao at the full welterweight limit of 147-pounds.

While he's physically much bigger, Algieri believes his skills - and not his size - will be the difference in the fight.

"No [I did not request the catch-weight]. I'm the bigger man any way you slice it. It doesn't matter what weight we fight at - I'm just a bigger guy than Manny, and that's painfully evident during the whole press tour. I'm a boxing purist, I wanted the fight to be at 147. It's a welterweight fight and welterweight limit is 147. Lets make it there," Algieri told

"They chose to have it at 144. But like I said, it doesn't matter where we fight - at the end of the day its not going to be my size that's going to be the difference in this fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DeadLikeMe on 09-03-2014

[QUOTE=Body Movin';14905707]the first two posts in this thread are embarrassing... "my man manny is gonna go put a beatdown on this guy [a glorified club fighter]. he's gonna shut him up yeah! go manny!" don't be angry at algieri. remember,…

Comment by GoToTheBody on 09-03-2014

Algieri is a huge weight cutter and always fights between 155-160 at fight time 24 hrs after weigh in. He helps a lot of the UFC guys with their weight cuts. He is a big welterweight and a tremendous Jr…

Comment by SaldanaCC on 09-03-2014

Wooooooooooowwwwwww this fight gets more and more crazy as it goes team pac wanting the cw from a guy who fights at 140 is beyond me its funny all the pac fans please try to make an excuse for this…

Comment by fighter1234 on 09-03-2014

Wait what? If Algeiri wanted the fight at 147 why the f*ck is it at a catch weight? Manny Pacquiao is a joke when it comes to catch weight. Pacquiao is welterweight, making the fight at 144 when the challenger…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-03-2014

Here's what Freddie/Arum have wanted all along (the Mayweather talk is all BS): With most of the GB talent in a stage of limbo, as far as promotional contracts are concerned, Oscar is reaching across the aisle to see if…

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