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Arum: Pacquiao By Knockout in 5 or 6 Would Be Perfect

MACAU, China - Boxing is a hurt business, as Manny Pacquiao found out when he ended up face down on the canvas after being knocked out just three fights ago by Juan Manuel Marquez.

It's also a risky business, and there are some in the sport who believe Pacquiao is taking a big one when he gets up Sunday morning in this gambling enclave for his welterweight title fight with Chris Algieri.

This is a fight he must not only win but look good while doing so if there is to be any hope of a megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"A fifth- or sixth-round knockout would be perfect," promoter Bob Arum said.

Pacquiao is a heavy favorite against Algieri, a New Yorker who seemingly came out of nowhere to get the fight. But Algieri poses problems for Pacquiao with both his height - he is a half head taller - and a left jab that he used to come back from two first-round knockdowns to beat hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov in his last bout. Algieri is unbeaten in 20 fights.

"When I look into the mirror I know I've done all the work necessary to win this fight," said Algieri, who holds a master's degree in clinical nutrition.

Pacquiao believes he has plenty left as he approaches his 36th birthday, and is eager to put on a show in a 13,000-seat arena that will include plenty of Filipino fans eager to see him show the punching power that turned him into a pay-per-view star.

Algieri, a former kickboxing champion who still lives in the basement of his parents' home on Long Island, has become somewhat of a sensation in the New York area after his win over Provodnikov in June. He would become much bigger should he overcome the 7-1 odds and beat a fighter who is a national hero in his own country.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by St. Johns Gent on 11-22-2014

[QUOTE=The Fan;15120439]Don't fall for Arums crap! He's hoping Pacquiao loses tonight so he'll have a new American white hope to promote. Arum has said numerous times that if Algeri won he'd be very marketable. I'm telling you stylistically Algeiris style…

Comment by The Fan on 11-22-2014

Don't fall for Arums crap! He's hoping Pacquiao loses tonight so he'll have a new American white hope to promote. Arum has said numerous times that if Algeri won he'd be very marketable. I'm telling you stylistically Algeiris style is…

Comment by G G G on 11-22-2014

Hell yeah! WAR PACQUIAO AND WAR BOB!!!! I love how he gets all these pathetic haters riled up. :lol1: :lol1: I am hyped for tonight! Pacquiao will Margarito this thief.

Comment by Cinci Champ on 11-22-2014

[QUOTE=doobear;15120022]:pat::pat:Im sure that's why you picked him Bob.[/QUOTE] lol i was thinking the same thing i still think algeiri earned the shot tho i mean ya its for sure weak for manny to fight algieri but none the less he…

Comment by Biolink on 11-22-2014

Arum :doh:

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