the Pacquiao Training Compound, General Santos City,
PACQUIAO, FREDDIE ROACH & BOB ARUM
Call Transcript, from Yesterday, Thursday.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, PHILIPPINES - Fighter of the Decade and
World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, Congressman MANNY “Pacman”
PACQUIAO (56-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative
from the Sarangani Province of the Philippines, his Hall of Fame trainer FREDDIE ROACH and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM hosted an international Media Conference
Call today. Emanating from General
Santos City, Philippines, where Pacquiao has been in deep, rigorous training for
his title defense battle with undefeated WBO junior welterweight world champion CHRIS
ALGIERI (20-0, 8 KOs), of Huntington,
NY on Long Island, their eagerly-anticipated world championship collision is
just five weeks away.
by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions,
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs.
Algieri will take place Saturday,
November 22 at The Venetian®
Macao's Cotai Arena. It will be produced and
distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
a prelude to the upcoming world championship showdown, HBO Sports will air “24/7 Pacquiao/Algieri,” an
action-packed one episode, 30-minute special examining their upcoming
rumble. The “24/7 Pacquiao/Algieri”
special will premiere Saturday, November
8 at 1:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on HBO immediately following the live World
Championship Boxing event from Atlantic City. The all-new
documentary-styled presentation will explore the intriguing storylines connected
to the November 22 fight: one of the world’s most popular and famous athletes
defending his crown versus a remarkably confident, poised and undefeated
prizefighter from Long Island, whose journey to the highest-profile stage in the
sport is unparalleled and reads like a Hollywood script.
STERNBURG: Mabuhay! Good morning, good afternoon, good
evening for wherever you are in the world. It’s kind of late out here in General Santos City in the Philippines at
Manny Pacquiao’s compound and with four weeks to go it will be Manny Pacquiao
defending his WBO welterweight title against New York’s undfeated junior welterweight world champion Chris
Algieri on November 22 at the Venetian Macao. That fight, plus three others,
will be televised live on pay-per-view in the U.S., beginning at 9 PM ET / 6 PM
PT. Manny went eight rounds today
with Mike Jones and undefeated No. 1 contender Viktor Postol sparring four
rounds each. Training is going
every well and Manny is ahead of schedule. Manny and trainer Freddie Roach will be with you in a moment but now I
would like to introduce Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum.
ARUM: It is good to be here and thank you all
for getting up so early in the morning. It is 9 PM here is General Santos City and as Fred said the training is
going extraordinarily well. I know
from everybody who has seen Chris Algieri train in New York and now Las Vegas
talks about how good his training has been and I look forward to a tremendous
fight on November 22.
ROACH: We have had a great training camp so far
wit the workouts with Manny. Last
time we began with four rounds and this time my first day in camp we went 12
rounds and Manny wasn’t even breathing. We have had a great start, probably the best start we have ever had and
sparring has been going very well – we have over 35 rounds of sparring in so far
and we have some great sparring partners (Viktor) Postol the number one
contender in the world, Mike Jones who is a big 147-pounder and Stan Martyniouk,
from San Francisco. All the guys
are tall and I think some guys are better than our opponent, but we will see
PACQUIAO: Hello everyone and thanks for being on
the call. I am excited again to
fight against a tall opponent like Chris Algieri. I have fought tall guys like Algieri
before so I know what it will be like when I get in the ring with him on
is your biggest concern with Algieri?
FREDDIE ROACH: He is a pretty good mover. He moves pretty well and he is very
defensive. He has a good jab – one
of the best in h business -- and he has a good left hand. His jab is his best weapon and it is
something that we have to really take care of.
saw you have been playing basketball in the Philippines. Does that take away from your
focus? Does it benefit your
PACQUIAO: It does not affect my training because
basketball is on Sunday and we do not train on Sunday. Basketball is also good for footwork and
balancing. It helps a lot and that
is why I am always in shape when I don’t have a fight because I am always
playing basketball. Basketball
provides me with great cross-training
has said he is very confident in being able to defeat you despite the difference
in experience. Have you paid any
attention to that?
PACQUIAO: I am aware of his feeling but I am also
confident that I am going to win the fight. I know he is doing his best in training
and I am doing my best in training so the fans are going to see a good
STERNBURG: FYI -- Bob mentioned earlier that the
basketball game he played last Sunday was going to be the only basketball game
that Manny will play during training camp.
seems as though Algieri has come from nowhere – is he a worthy opponent at this
ROACH: Well Algieri did just beat one of the
best punchers in the world. He got
off the deck twice and he showed a lot of heart. He definitely deserves to be there It’s going to be a great fight. That’s why we are training so hard for
this fight and that’s why we have such good sparring partners because we are not
taking him lightly at all.
PACQUIAO: We are not taking him lightly for this
fight and we are training hard for this fight because of what he proved in the
you plan to continue coaching the basktball team leading up to the
PACQUIAO: No, right now I have an assistant coach
and he will coach the basketball team. Right now I am focused on my
training. After the fight I will
come back to the team and be focused on coaching the team.
was playing in the game and were you worried about being
PACQUIAO: It was a good experience to play in a
professional basketball game like that. I didn’t play long, I just wanted to help my team and that’s why I
played. Professional basketball in
the Philippines is very competitive and more importantly, we won the first
was your feeling going into the first game?
PACQUIAO: I felt very excited and a little nervous
because it was the first game and there were over 52,000
ARUM: Well, I found out that he was playing
before he played and I was not a very happy camper. Professional basketball, no matter the
country where it is played, is a rugged sport and a player can turn an ankle
very, very easily. These players in
the NBA are fantastic physical specimens and yet they get injured all the
time. An injury would have really
wreaked havoc on the fight so I was not very pleased, but everyone has assured
us – Manny has assured Freddie and Freddie has assured me that that’s it. After he does the fight on November
22nd, if he wants to try out for the New York Knicks, that’s OK with
Knicks could use a point guard actually (laughter). Manny what do you enjoy more? Basketball? Boxing?
PACQUIAO: I am enjoying boxing, but my favorite
sport outside of boxing is basketball. That’s why I go to the basketball court – my cross training is basketball
to keep in shape between fights. I
also like basketball.
was knocked down twice by Provodnikov.
It seem like this may be the first time you can get a knockout. What do you think about
PACQUIAO: We cannot go into the fight thinking
about the knockout. A knockout will
not change the result of the fight as long as we get the win. What we are trying to do right now is to
get the focus in training and for the fight that people want to see. Chris Algieri is a very dangerous
fighter and we are taking nothing for granted in this training camp.
ROACH: We brought in some big sparring partners
– Mike Jones is a really big puncher and so forth and Manny is doing really well
with him and he’s hurt him a couple times in camp and he’s shown good power so
far and he has shown the intensity that I want. When he hurts somebody he opens up on
them and finished him. I told him
if we hurt a sparring partner we just get another one. Training camp has been going really well
and we have great sparring partners for this fight.
bad do you want to see a knockout?
ROACH: I would love to see a knockout. I think at 147 he is a little smaller
than most of the 147-pounders out there. We have to feed him five times a day for him to make that weight. This fight is at 144 and I think his
power will come back. I see a
knockout coming for sure.
are you hungry for a knockout?
PACQUIAO: I am still hungry and I am doing what I
did before – what we did in Wild Card training in Hollywood. That’s what we are doing right now and
it is good. Sparring and hitting
the mitts and plyometrics so it is good.
a good knockout may add to marketability.
Where do you stand on that situation?
ARUM: Where do I stand on that situation? If someone goes up to the plate to hit a
home run, he has less of a chance hitting a home run than a guy who goes up to
the plate just to meet the ball. If
the knockout comes, the knockout comes. But to go out and look for a knockout and to ignore other aspects of the
fight, particularly against an intelligent fighter such as Algieri would be
folly. Now if he gets a knockout,
that’s great and absolutely increases the marketability, but you don’t go out
there looking for the knockouts because if you do, you have less of a chance of
getting it if you fight your normal fight.
is the rational of going back to Macau after fighting in USA?
ARUM: HBO I am sure they never said they would
never go back to China, and besides, who are they to say anything when it is my
money, it’s Manny’s career and we are fighting in probably the best location in
the world which is in Macao in the Cotai Arena, which is a tremendous place to
watch a fight live. It’s really too
bad that someone like yourself is not coming over to see why it is so desirable
to see a big fight in the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao resort. Now, with that being said, half of the
boxing card, which features fighters like Zou Shiming will be on the card. They said to me they wanted Manny to
fight there once a year – so obviously if Manny fights twice a year, he fights
there in the fall and in the spring, he fights either in the United States or
some other place.
you ever think to say to Manny ‘Please concentrate on boxing
ARUM: No, that’s the way it happens. Manny said he was going to play in the
opening game for his team, I didn’t say anything because Manny had decided that
he wanted to do that and now it’s done. Once that happened I had a talk with him and he agreed that he wouldn’t
do it any more till after the fight. That’s how it works when you are dealing in an environment with all
you ever considered adding to the contract that you cannot do risky things and
basketball is a risky thing?
ARUM: Some of our fighters are motorcycle guys
and did a lot of crazy things so there we definitely put it in the
contract. But with Manny, you are
absolutely right. We have a
different kind of relationship, one built on a mutual respect and mutual trust
and so we wouldn’t put it in the contract because of the fact we feel he will do
the right thing.
we are talking about basketball a lot.
Who do think is better at basketball – you or Floyd
PACQUIAO: (laughing) I don’t want to say myself,
but Freddie said me.
is a reasonable number for the PPV in your opinion?
BOB ARUM: I think we did quite well going back to
last November – we did 475,000 buys for the Brandon Rios fight. For a fight that took place outside the
country, I thought that was a great number. Now, with Chris Algieri getting the type
of publicity that he is getting, which we never had before, for example, I don’t
remember ever before, ever, and I am sure in the Ali days it was different, but
I don’t remember recently a fight getting an article in The New Yorker magazine (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/20/breaking-bread). This one was in last week’s New
Yorker. For example, if you watch
FOX Business News, where Algieri has been on numerous occasions, which fighter
they knew better – Chris Algieri or Timothy Bradley – they would ay Chris
Algieri. So while it’s true among
fight fans Algieri may not be as well known as an established guy as say Tim
Bradley among the general public, more of the general public do now know Algieri
than they do most fighters. Chris
has definitely crossed over. Therefore, I think we are going to
do number akin to what we did in a Tim Bradley fight which is anywhere between
750,000 and 900,000.
is on the card and most of us say Walters the other night in Carson on HBO –
what is the possibility of Lomachenko, if he wins, fighting
ARUM: For me, I would think Walters, who did
extraordinarily well on Saturday beating Donaire and I have always thought
Lomachenko is a special talent and one of the greatest fighters around so it
would be silly if they didn’t fight sometime next year. Lomachenko is fighting only his fourth
professional fight and he’s fighting Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thiland, with
51 wins and one defeat – he lost eight years ago to Chris John and of his 51
victories, 33 of them have been by knockout – so Lomachenko has his work cut out
for him, so believe me, this fight on November 22 is hardly a gimme. Piriyapinyo deserves his No. 1 ranking so that should be a very good fight. So yes, if Lomachenko is successful, I
would anticipate a fight with Walters sometime next year.
seems like Manny has had a bit of a revival, what do you attribute that
ROACH: His conditioning and training is going
very good and training here in General Santos makes things real comfortable and
we have a really nice gym here and his family is here and his home is here so I
think he is really at ease with it because he doesn’t have to worry about his
family. We have great sparring
partners. This is the best group of
sparring partners we have EVER had and they are going to be getting him on top
of his game.
has Postol done for him in the gym?
ROACH: Postol’s got a great jab and he’s tall,
taller than Algieri and he’s rated No. 1 – a legitimate No. 1. He’s very smart. I see Manny having a little trouble with
him and it’s more of a thinking match out there – he’s the right guy at the
right time. He really makes Manny
think which is what Algieri will do also and that’s what we’re getting ready
mentioned that his sparring partners were better than Algieri. Could you
ROACH: Postol is a little taller (5’11”) than
Algieri and he has a better left hand than Algieri but you know Mike Jones
(6’0”) is pretty tall also. I think
we’ve got the best sparring partners we could possibly get for the
you see that as a slight against Algieri that he may not be as good as his
ROACH: Well, you know Postol is the No. 1
contender and Algieri is a world champion – they are both great fighters. Sometimes the truth
ARUM: The point, George, is you can’t get
better sparring partner for Algieri than Postol. Postol has all of the physical
attributes that resemble Algieri.
during the Ruslan fight you kept asking for Ruslan to throw the uppercut. Do you see that as something to exploit
in this fight?
ROACH: I think Ruslan’s style created
that. It depends how the styles mix
together so I can’t really guess at that yet. Ruslan got caught up in looking for that
one punch KO instead of going through the combinations. I think if it a very competitive fight
and a very close fight, I think that Manny Pacquiao is more experienced and a
better fighter than Ruslan at this point. Unlike Ruslan, Manny knows how to
finish what he starts.
mentioned he will have his power back for this fight…why do you think 3 or 4
pounds makes a difference for KO power?
ROACH: When you are fighting a 147-pounder and
you only weigh 135 yourself or 140, you are in there against much stronger guys
and Manny only has two knockouts as a welterweight and he has a lot of knockouts
at 135 and 140 and the thing is this is a catch-weight of 144, and if he feels
good at 144 we may go to 140 again. At 140, he will be a better puncher than at 147 because the guys are
smaller and not as strong.
you are fighting close to Hong Kong, have you been monitoring the events that
have been taking place there and what is your opinion on that?
PACQUIAO: The fight is in Macao; it is not in Hong
Kong. There is no problem in
Macao. The problems are in Hong
Kong so it will have no effect on the fight.
are your general thoughts on those events taking place in Hong
PACQUIAO: It’s hard to give a comment about that
because it is a big issue. If I
were to give a comment about that first I would have to study about what the
people want and what the government wants so it is hard to give an educated
comment, as a politician. So maybe
I will say now, I will not comment.
effective is Algieri’s jab?
ROACH: He has a great jab. The jab is the best punch in boxing –
guys like Virgil Hill and Larry Holmes won world titles with the jab, so it’s
something we really have to concentrate on. We have to take that jab away from him
and we have a game plan on how to do that and we are working on that every day
and that’s why Postol was brought in, because he has a very good jab like
Algieri. Now, he is a little bit
taller than Algieri and has a longer reach but it gives a good idea about what
to expect in the fight.
noticed Bradley was going for the knockout after seeing what Marquez did with
the right over the left. Have you
done anything to alleviate that?
PACQUIAO: It’s not the first time it has happened
to me like that in the Marquez fight. They have tried it and I know what I am going to do for this fight. We started hard and we practice hard in
the gym – different styles and different strategies and I believe we can use it
in the fight. So there is nothing
to worry about that. They are going
to watch that fight and review that fight and I will be
you are against a guy with a long reach can you get inside without exposing
yourself too much?
PACQUIAO: I think I have a way if he throws a lot
of jabs. I can move faster than him
so I don’t need to worry about that.
ROACH: The thing is Manny s a lot faster. Algieri has some speed but he is not as
fast as many Pacquiao.
there a point in the fight where you thought Provodnikov underestimated
ROACH: Well he was in against a big puncher and
he got off the canvas twice after knockdowns. It is a tough thing to do. His eye was really damaged in that
fight. Ruslan is a big puncher but
he just got caught up looking for that one-punch knockout and I think that was
the downfall in that fight for us. I think Manny is a much more experienced fighter and a much more
technical fighter, throws a lot more combinations and is a lot faster. He’s not as big as a one-punch knockout
artist but Manny can hurt you when he wants to. Manny is also a great finisher and as I
said before, Manny always finishes what he starts.
it help you, the fact that you were in Provodnikov’s corner for that
ROACH: No, I don’t think so because Manny and
Ruslan are such different fighters. Manny’s will be a whole different fight and seeing him up close and
watching tapes and so forth and I have been watching kick-boxing matches
also. He’s a tall guy and he comes
to fight and that’s what we are getting ready for.
Chris Algieri wins this fight, what could his future hold?
let me put it on the legal level. If Algieri wins the fight, there is a provision in the contract that he
must give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. So if he does pull off the upset and wins, I’m sure Manny would want
revenge so that would be Algieri’s next fight. Then we would have to see what develops
along the line. But Algieri is one
of the most confident fighters that I have run across. He has convinced everyone he has spoken
to, because he believes it himself, that he is prepared to give the fight of his
life against Manny. He is very
intelligent. He knows what he’s
doing in the ring and this is going to be a very competitive fight.
ARUM: Commercially, if you beat somebody like
Manny Pacquiao, particularly someone as media friendly and so crowd friendly as
Algieri, he would instantly be a huge attraction in the sport of boxing.
PACQUIAO: Thank you everyone for this interview
and I want to thank all the fans that are going to watch the fight on
ROACH: We have to hit the road at 5 am. Good Night!
ARUM: I get to sleep a little later so I can
sit here and talk to you guys for hours but I’m not going to do it so good-bye.
For Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division world champion, this marks the
pound-for-pound box office monarch's (he is credited with nearly 13 million
domestic pay-per-view buys) second reign as welterweight champion. Algieri, who has Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care
Management, a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Upsets Inside
the Ring, aspires
to attend medical school once he concludes his boxing career.
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