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Roach on the Pacquiao-Algieri Fight, Provodnikov

by David P. Greisman

Boxing trainer Freddie Roach spoke with BoxingScene.com on July 25 about the November fight between his star boxer, Manny Pacquiao, and 140-pound titleholder Chris Algieri. The bout has a catch-weight of 144 pounds.

BoxingScene.com: What do you think of Chris Algieri as an opponent? Would you have preferred someone else?

Roach: “His style, he’s a bit of a runner. Pacquiao doesn’t particularly like fighting guys who run so much. We’ll figure out a way to beat him. It’s not a problem.”

BoxingScene.com: Would you have preferred certain different fighters?

Roach: “Well, you know, the choices are very small. Ruslan [Provodnikov] was one of the choices. He’s my own guy, but his manager wanted the fight to happen, so I tried to make that happen. But since Algieri had beaten him, he’s the No. 1 guy, I guess. Out of the options we have, he’s the best guy out there.”

BoxingScene.com: Was a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez an option?

Roach: “No. Marquez wanted $20 million, I heard.”

BoxingScene.com: This is an obvious question, but what’s the difference between Ruslan facing Algieri and Manny facing Algieri?

Roach: “Manny is a completely different fighter than Ruslan. He has a lot more experience. He’s much faster. Ruslan might be a little bit of a heavier hitter, but not nearly as quick. It’s night and day. They’re almost totally opposites.”

BoxingScene.com: What do you think Pacquiao can do with Algieri that Provodnikov was not able to do, and what is it that maybe Algieri won’t be able to do against Pacquiao?

Roach: “Manny is a much more defensive fighter. He has much more speed. He throws combinations. Ruslan was looking for a one-punch knockout all night. He had success early. It kind of got to him a little bit. Manny is much more seasoned fighter than all those guys.”

BoxingScene.com: You described Algieri as a runner. Is there anything he does that impresses you?

Roach: “He’s got a good jab.”

BoxingScene.com: That’s it?

Roach: “That’s it.”

BoxingScene.com: What about weaknesss in his game?

Roach: “Well expose them. We’ll show you.”

BoxingScene.com: You won’t say what they are?

Roach: “No. Watch the tape, see if you can find them, too.”

BoxingScene.com: Is this a little bit of a letdown facing someone like Algieri after facing opponents like Bradley, Rios and Marquez?

Roach: “He’s part of the new generation. He’s a world champion. It’s not a letdown at all.”

BoxingScene.com: And so in Manny’s eyes, it’s the same thing as usual?

Roach: “I can’t say that. I can’t speak for Manny. You’d have to ask him yourself.”

BoxingScene.com: Sure, but you do work closely with him…

Roach (cutting in): “I haven’t seen him since this fight’s been made. I won’t see Manny until the press tour.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alpha & Omega on 07-27-2014

I guess joke coach Roach finally stopped making ridic KO predictions that never happen lol. He prob knows that if Ruslan could not stop this kid Pac sure isnt going to. Pac has 1 stoppage in his last 9 fights.…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-26-2014

[QUOTE=Evol;14797598]So if manny gets the ko and dominated and beat Chris, what are u gonna say?[/QUOTE]I would say he should stay a Jr. Welterweight, or continue fighting @ CW 144. I could see his future opponents in guys like Crawford…

Comment by radiotracer on 07-26-2014

[QUOTE=Bachavelli;14797962]this is a "dangerous" fight for manny?? Yet u clowns wanna see him vs floyd :crazy:[/QUOTE] people just want to see floyd stop running and fight pac already. After a while you have realize that some floyd fans are embarrassed…

Comment by radiotracer on 07-26-2014

[QUOTE=Bachavelli;14797956]sounds like your feelings are hurt.. and im sure my grand kids wouldnt ask me nothing about pacquiao, and if they did il just tell em hes the guy who lost to marquez four times.[/QUOTE] Then your grand kids will…

Comment by radiotracer on 07-26-2014

[QUOTE=radioraheem;14797619]Possible, but very unlikely. He doesn't seem to have the same freakish power he had in the past. I think stylistically, this is a risky fight. And oddly enough, Algieri doesn't even deserve the fight.[/QUOTE] Why do people keep saying…

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