WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the U.S. during their welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring Sunday on his way to a decision win in a lopsided welterweight title fight.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Manny Pacquiao continued his campaign of proving he’s ready for a mega fight with superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he handily beat the formerly undefeated 30-year-old American boxer Chris Algieri for the WBO world welterweight title on Nov. 22 at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China.
Pacquiao (57-5-2 record) earned the victory with a unanimous decision after Algieri (20-1 record) survived several knockdowns from the Pilipino power puncher to last the full distance of 12-round bout. It marked the third straight victory for Pacquiao after he lost two straight bouts in 2012, including an embarrassing knockout loss to Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao flashed signs of the speed, accuracy and aggressiveness that once made him the most exciting boxer to watch in the sport. He landed swinging bomb after bomb on Algieri, knocking him down six times throughout the fight, including once in the second round, twice in the sixth inning and another two times in the ninth. His sixth and final knockdown on Algieri came in the 10th round.
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the U.S., left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Though Pacquiao did repeatedly send his opponent to the canvas, the 35-year-old boxer lacked the power he once possessed that would have knocked Algieri out instead of just down. Pacquiao’s famous trainer, Freddie Roach, predicted a first round knockout on Algieri, but Manny wasn’t able to live up to the claim.
Boxing fans now await the possibility of Pacquiao finally fighting Mayweather. Pacquiao told reporters back in September that “serious negotiations” with the Mayweather camp were underway for a $300 million fight to be scheduled sometime in 2015. Mayweather (47-0 record) only has two fights left on the six-fight, $200 million deal he signed with Showtime Network in 2013. If he does decide to make Pacquiao his next opponent, it could lead to a potential rematch for his sixth and possible final match before the 37-year-old undefeated champion retires.