Chris Algieri isn't a favorite by any means, but more than a few boxing heads and experts have predicted that he could be the man to beat Manny Pacquiao when he meets the Filipino phenomenon this Saturday, November 22nd. Reach and boxing skill are Algieri's greatest assets, and he used these admirably to outpoint Pacquiao stablemate Ruslan Provodnikov earlier this year after being knocked down twice in the first round.
This is certainly not Pacquiao's first rodeo, however, and he's been in against tall, long, and crafty opponents before. Pacman has a very diverse toolset--much more so than when he first broke onto the scene in 2001--and many of his skills are very well suited to bypassing the weapons of bigger opponents.
Just watch the video for my breakdown of the way that Manny Pacquiao closes the gap.
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