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Algieri on Pacquiao Fight Critics: It's Just Sour Grapes!

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8KOs) is not bothered by the critics who are bashing his selection as the next opponent for WBO 147-pound champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38KOs). The HBO Pay-Per-View fight takes place on November 22nd at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China.

Algieri earned the fight in June with an upset split decision over heavily favored Ruslan Provodnikov.

There are some fans and experts who believe Algieri earned the fight the hard way, but there are also those who view the match as a soft-touch for Pacquiao.

"To tell you the truth it's sour grapes. That's all it is. It doesn't affect me negatively or positively. It doesn't give me more fire to do what I do. I'm not driven that way. I'm a self motivated person and self assured. All of the negativity, I had the same thing before [the fight with] Ruslan," Algieri stated.

Algieri's promoter, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, jumped in with his own thoughts on the subject.

"What's interested, most of the people that are saying things that are negative, and the columns it comes from, are people who picked Ruslan in the fight and said he shouldn't have been in the fight," DeGuardia said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DblLFThooK on 07-20-2014

Get ready for all time low PPV buys for pac. TR is falling off quickly.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 07-20-2014

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;14778513]if you look at what Algeiri has achieved, there are a handful of better opponents for Pacquiao but style wise this is a tough fight for him. Chris is much taller, longer reach and is pretty damn quick. When this…

Comment by soul_survivor on 07-20-2014

[QUOTE=LoadedWraps;14778583]I agree that stylisitcally he could present problems for Manny, and I love a good underdog story, but imo Manny should walk through him, if Manny's power, speed, intensity and explosiveness don't trump Algieris superior boxing ability and underrated ring…

Comment by Jordanmfonseca on 07-20-2014

This is the problem with boxing's cold war. Thurman is a GB fighter until Bob Arum starts playing ball at the other parks expect a lot more trash fights out of TR, who are clearly out of fighters in the…

Comment by 7_rocket on 07-20-2014

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;14779191]only thing sour is this fukin fight:ANWOD:[/QUOTE] Now I now this fight sucks when the biggest PAC support says it sucks.. Never thought I'd see this from you

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