With rumors swirling that a fight with Floyd Mayweather was in the works, reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5,-2, 38 KOs) knocked gutsy Chris Algieri down six times en route to dominant 12-round decision at The Venetian casino in Macau, China.
The scores were 119-103, 119-103 and 120-102 for Pacquiao.
Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing scored the fight 120-102.
Paquiao’s quickness was apparent in the opening seconds of the match. Algieri’s game plan was to use the ring and box. He did some of the that in the opening stanza, but Pacquiao was still able connect with hard punches to the head.
Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) hit the canvas for the first time in round two. As he backed into Pacquio’s corner, he slipped. Referee Genara Rodriguez incorrectly ruled the misstep a knockdown. A few seconds before, Pacquiao had connected with a heavy combination to the body and head of Algieri. The 35-year-old six-time division champion looked sharp and relaxed.
Pacquiao chased after Algieri in rounds three, four, and five. His harder punches continued to land. The Long Island, New York native countered with a double hook. He tried to jab, but his offensive was non-existent.
Pacquiao was overwhelming him.
In round six, Pacquiao landed a sharp combination that sent Algieri tumbling to the canvas. He wobbled up to his feet, but not for long. Two more knockdowns soon followed. Pacquiao snapped Algieri’s head back with blows in the next few rounds.
Algieri, 30, tried to make something happen in round nine. He had lost every heat, and was being overpowered at every juncture. As he circled away, Pacquiao timed his movement perfectly. He let fly with a left hand that connected solidly. Algieri collapsed to the canvas on his back. He pulled himself up at the count of nine and staggered to the ropes. Pacquiao pounced on his stricken foe--raining down blow after blow.
Algieri was soon down again.
Somehow he made it to the bell.
Pacquiao racked up his sixth knockdown in round 10. A right hand did the deed. The much stronger Pacquiao pounded on Algieri the rest of the fight.
His dominance was complete.
“I did my best,” said Pacquiao in the ring. “I’m satisfied with my performance. I was very confident I would win the fight. I was in good shape. I’m very happy.
“God gave me this victory tonight,” he added.
“Manny is the best in the world fighting like Manny Pacquiao,” said Algieri.