Chris Algieri Interview: Seeks Pacquiao Rematch
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Robert Brizel
In a brief international exclusive interview with Real Combat Media, WBO World Light Welterweight champion Chris Algieri speculated on the reasons his world welterweight title bout with Manny Pacquiao went wrong in Macao, China, the flaws in his game plan, andhis desire to fight a rematch with Pacquiao. Algieri, now 20-1, eight knockouts, Huntington, Long Island, New York, spoke with Real Combat Media ringside after the boxing card at BB King Blues Club & Grill on Wednesday evening, December 3, 2014.
Real Combat Media: “Your corner’s first round, second round failing multiround game plan strategy was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. In your previous fight, I interviewed you for Real Combat Media and was the only one to pick you to win over Ruslan Provodnikov. I expected to see textbook classic Chris Algieri fighting his fight. You followed a strange game plan I did not understand, and you let Pacquiao get inside despite having height and reach advantage. You didn’t fight like the Chris Algieri we knew. Your volume of punches was missing, because your usual game plan was not there. Answer the question, why did you fight Pacquiao differently than your normally fight, and if you had the chance to fight him again, would you fight him differently the next time?”
Chris Algieri: “It was the wrong game plan my team used. It just wasn’t me in the ring. I should have fought Pacquiao with my usual Chris Algieri style as I always do, and I would have beaten him. I don’t know why we fought Pacquiao that way with the first round, second round strategy my corner used. I should not have done it. I would love to fight a rematch with Pacquiao. The second time it would be a very different fight. I would love the opportunity to fight Pacquiao again. I don’t take anything away from Manny. He beat me. Manny is a fantastic fighter. I give him all the credit in the world.”