clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Freddie Roach on Chris Algieri: 'He's got a good jab, that's it'

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach doesn't sound impressed with Manny Pacquiao's next opponent.

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

Chris Algieri will be the November 22 opponent for Manny Pacquiao in Macau, and while the boxing world wasn't exactly set on fire when the news was announced recently, Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach is taking it to another level of disinterest by pretty much dismissing the challenger:

"His style, he's a bit of a runner. Pacquiao doesn't particularly like fighting guys who run so much. We'll figure out a way to beat him. It's not a problem. ... He's got a good jab. That's it."

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO) will be a huge favorite as he defends his regained WBO welterweight title against Algieri (20-0, 8 KO), who won the WBO junior welterweight belt from Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14. While the 30-year-old Algieri certainly showed his skill and especially his heart in that fight, there's no question that Pacquiao, 35, represents another step up (at least) in class from Provodnikov, and the general feeling is that it's a class too far for Algieri.

Do you think Roach is just doing his usual Roach thing where he says whatever will get a headline (and it works!), or do you think he might be doing that, but there's also truth in what he's saying? Do you believe Pacquiao and Roach have any worry about this matchup, other than perhaps Algieri not making for an entertaining fight?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook