If there were any doubt that Manny Pacquiao is one of the best boxers around, then the WBO welterweight champ proved he’s still at the top of the sport with a convincing win over Chris Algieri Saturday night. The 35-year-old fighter retained his title, winning bt a unanimous decision in Macau, China.
It was a comprehensive victory for Pacquiao, as the judges scored the bout 120-102, 119-103 and 119-103 in his favor. Even though two of the judges scored a round for Algieri, Pacquiao appeared have gotten the better of his opponent in every round, scoring six knockdowns in the fight.
At least two of the knockdowns were questionable, as Algieri seemed to have slipped on water in the corner of the ring, but he was almost knocked out on multiple occasions. Algieri had his most trouble in the ninth round, when he hit the deck twice and it looked like the match might be stopped.
The statistics indicate an easy victory for Pacquiao, but the numbers might not even do justice to how much Pacquiao dominated Algieri. PacMan had a sizable advantage in power punches thrown (410 to 212) and landed (187 to 80), connecting with Algieri 46 percent of the time, according to CompuBox. Pacquiao looked unscathed when he was named the winner after 12 rounds.
While Pacquiao’s experience and superior skill were evident, Algieri showed a lot of heart to stay in the fight. It was clear through the first half of the bout that he could win only by a knockout, and he continued to get back up from knockdowns in the ninth and 10th rounds.
Pacquiao improved his career record to 57-5-2, winning his third straight fight. It was Algieri’s first loss, following 20 consecutive wins.
The manner in which Pacquiao won will only further the calls for him to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his next fight. After his victory, PacMan said he would be ready to fight Mayweather next year.