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Algieri's trainer: Chris is winning the fight no matter what

Chris Algieri's trainer Tim Lane talks training, catchweight, and more for his fighter's showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

"There's a lot of things in particular, but the biggest thing that I'm doing with him right now is to keep him focused on the fight and focused on the game plan. He is where he's supposed to be. ... He pretty much stays naturally focused, but I'm around him all the time. My room will be next to his. Anything he needs, anything that we need to have for him will be there, so that he can just focus on him. Me and the team will take care of anything else he needs."

"Chris is going to do what he always does, and that's focus and train hard. As far as changing the team, our fight team is a fight team. We've been doing this a long time, although people don't know, because Chris hasn't been on TV that much. This has been my full-time gig for 22 years. The other guys on the squad also, they've been doing this for the last couple decades. Our cut man, who is Jacob "Stitch" Duran, has been around the block. Our team is very deep in knowledge."

"The training is a little bit different for each fight as far as game plan goes, but as far as mental focus and road work and strength and conditioning, fairly the same. It's a 12-round world title fight. Conditioning and things are the same, but a little switch up on the game plan."

[on the catchweight] "The Pacquiao camp made that decision because they didn't want Chris to come in too big. At least that's what I heard. It doesn't really matter. Chris is a 140-pounder. For him to make 140, he makes it easy, but for him to have four extra pounds, is actually perfect for Chris. If I could pick a perfect weight for Chris, it would be 143 plus one. That's when he feels his best. Chris is gonna be -- he's the bigger guy, anyway. It doesn't matter. Chris Algieri will be winning this fight. It doesn't matter what weight it's at."

"Footwork is key in this fight. Manny's very explosive, so we need to know exactly where we are in the ring at all times. His footwork as you saw with him moving in the ring, with the jump rope, his legs are in shape. His longs are as strong as they've ever been. He's feeling good."

"Welcome to the Chris Algieri Show."

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