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Manny Pacquiao: "PacMan's movement should offset Algieri's height and reach advantage," claims master strategist Gogue

Joseph Herron Updated
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On Thursday, October 23, eight division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao, along with head trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, visited with the always inquisitive boxing media to promote the upcoming Top Rank/HBO PPV event, "Pacquiao vs. Algieri", which is slated to take place on November 22, at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.

The Wildcard Gym leader expounded on Pacquiao's training camp and how effective it's been up to this point.

"His conditioning and training is going very good," stated Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on a media conference call.

"Training here in General Santos makes things real comfortable and we have a really nice gym here and his family is here and his home is here so I think he is really at ease with it because he doesn't have to worry about his family."

"We have great sparring partners. This is the best group of sparring partners we have EVER had and they are going to be getting him on top of his game."

One of Pacquiao's chief sparring partners for this camp is undefeated Ukrainian Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KOs). According to the knowledgeable boxing coach, the 5'11" Junior Welterweight contender is giving Manny everything he can handle in the gym.

"Postol's got a great jab and he's tall, taller than Algieri and he's rated No. 1 - a legitimate No. 1. He's very smart. I see Manny having a little trouble with him and it's more of a thinking match out there - he's the right guy at the right time."

"He really makes Manny think which is what Algieri will do also and that's what we're getting ready for."

Many fight fans and boxing scribes have posed the question concerning how Manny Pacquiao will be able to deal with the noticeable height and reach advantage of the very intelligent Chris Algieri on November 22.

To give interested boxing fans a technical break down of this intriguing match-up, three decade boxing strategist James Gogue offers his unique, clinical perspective on Pacquiao's fight strategy. 

"Manny's speed and footwork will give Chris Algieri a lot of problems on fight night," claims the expert boxing trainer.

"His ability to move in and out of range and attack from different angles will really make things uncomfortable for the relatively inexperienced title holder."

Master boxing strategist James Gogue, center.


"Also Pacquiao doesn't just come straight in. He likes to use a lot of feints to disrupt the timing and rhythm of his opponents. And when Manny gets inside, he doesn't wait on his opponents and limits his punch output to just one shot at a time. When the Pacman gets into firing range, he likes to open up with combinations to the body and head."

When Gogue explains this strategic theory to young prizefighters, the experienced boxing mentor likes to use a "baseball' analogy as an educational tool.

"When a batter at the Major League level steps up to the plate, you can't expect to strike him out by merely throwing a straight fast ball down the middle. You have to use movement and off speed pitches to throw off his timing and rhythm. If you don't do anything to keep that batter guessing, he'll be able to anticipate the location and speed of the pitch and tee off on you."

"It's the same philosophy in boxing."

"Manny Pacquiao is going to use his athletic gifts to keep Chris Algieri guessing. His fluxuation of speed and movement is going to hinder Algieri's ability time and land effective shots. He's going to discover pretty quickly that Manny is much more difficult to hit cleanly than his last opponent, Ruslan Provodnikov."

"The hard punching Russian just came straight in, throwing only one punch at a time with the same distance, speed, and angle every single time. As soon as Algieri figured that out, he took control of the fight and eventually won a decision."

"Algieri's not going to have anywhere near the same success against a fighter who has the athletic gifts of a Manny Pacquiao. The eight division world champ likes to move inside using disjunct and irregular intervals. And when he's in range, he doesn't wait for his opponent to give him any openings. Manny likes to get off first and dictate the pace of the fight."

"This sport is about different levels," insists James Gogue. "On November 22, Chris Algieri is going to find out the hard way that Manny Pacquiao is on a completely different level than Ruslan Provodnikov."


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