Algieri's Promoter: Jab is Key Tool Against Pacquiao

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

Promoter Joe DeGuardia is very confident about Chris Algieri's chances to upset Manny Pacquiao on November 22nd in Macau, China. DeGuardia was also confident that Algieri (20-0, 8KOs), a huge underdog at the time, would defeat Ruslan Provodnikov in June. He was right, and Algieri recovered from two knockdowns to win a twelve round split decision and the WBO junior welterweight championship.

"I took the Provodnikov fight for one reason and one reason alone - I knew that Chris stacked up pretty well against him and I also knew about the opportunity it provided. Well now for this particular fight, sure it pays good money the Pacquiao fight - but the reality is I'm also taking this fight because of the opportunity it provides and I like the way he stacks up against Manny. It's a great opportunity for him. I feel comfortable putting him in the fight and I think he's going to win," DeGuardia told

Now Algieri is moving up in weight to the welterweight division. The odds appear to be stacked against him from all sides. But DeGuardia points out that Algieri possesses a weapon that can overcome anything that Pacquiao brings to the table - a very good jab.

"My father always told me when he fought Willie [Pep], and when he trained with Willie in the gym, the jab is the most important thing in the sport. You don't really know what boxing is until you really know that jab. A jab controls everything. A jab can equalize speed. A jab can equalize power. A jab is a very effective tool and Chris has it. And sure that is probably the most vital aspect of the fight - is the jab," DeGuardia said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Trenchant on 07-22-2014

Algieri aint gonna be jabbing Provo here, let's see him do the same thing against someone who can move and punch when it's not expected.

Comment by AVDB on 07-22-2014

[QUOTE=chargerhemi06;14785589]Now I'm definitely not buying this fight. I can already see it now...algeri circling around the ring just throwing jabs for 12 rounds. [B]Why you think malignaggi never became a ppv attraction.[/B] Hell, I don't think he was ever on…

Comment by lebrick on 07-22-2014

this will be a success if this bout reaches 200K

Comment by SeekDaGreat on 07-22-2014

It's pretty much key in every fight, right?

Comment by PAC-BOY on 07-22-2014

His only shot is to bring a baseball bat in the ring

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