The verbal sparring between the camps of Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri has escalated with the Canadian adviser of the Filipino icon suggesting that the unbeaten US fighter won’t go beyond six rounds on Nov. 23 in Macau.
Told that Algieri is arriving early in Macau to get used to the change of scenery and massive time difference, Koncz said “Algieri can even set up camp in Macau one month before the fight and Manny would still knock him out.”
Algieri, now in the second and final phase of his training in Las Vegas after spending the first several weeks in New York, will leave for the former Portuguese colony on Nov. 12 with his training and promotional team.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, won’t take a chartered flight from his General Santos City training base until the evening of Nov. 17, the last day of his sparring.
Koncz said Pacquiao, who turns 36 on Dec. 17, is showing no signs of slowing down in his buildup for Algieri, a tall and rangy former kickboxing champion, wrestler and full-contact karate expert.
“Manny’s going to get him,” said Koncz.
Over the last few days, Algieri’s handlers have been quoted as saying that Pacquiao will be in for a major surprise.
Even Joe DeGuardia, who promotes the 30-year-old Algieri, is already looking forward to a rematch between the two in April or May of next year.
Pacquiao is the overwhelming betting favorite in the scheduled 12-round world welterweight title clash that takes place at the CotaiArena.
Algieri, who was laregly unknown until he upset Ruslan Provodnikov last June, believes his time has come and that Pacquiao hasn’t fought somebody as athletic as he is.