No trash talk as Pacquiao, Algieri face off

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES – A friendly face off between opponents – Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri spoke to Los Angeles media about their November 22 fight in Macau.

While they only talked about putting on a good fight, there was no trash talk.

The undefeated American medical student who holds a master’s degree in nutrition even gave a bloodstone believed to have health benefits as a present to coach Freddie Roach, who suffers from Parkinson’s – a sign of gratitude for the hall of fame coach’s hospitality throughout their press tour.

“My coach believes in the healing powers more than I do,” said Algieri, “But I believe in positive energy though. I believe physics is about energy. Everything is about energy for me – these stones, whether they affect my body or blood whatever, but I think when I look at them, I think of a positive person who has presented them to me or made these for me, and they’re just reminders of positivity, positive energy, and I’m a positive person.”

Manny Pacuiqo said, “Ginagawa namin example naging isang role model sa mga kabataan, lahat sa mga fans ng boxing, naging halimbawa sa lahat, ginagawin lang namin dapat gawin sa taas ng ring.”

While the 5-foot-10 inch Algieri towers over the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao, the New Yorker comes in as a heavy underdog.

“Another day at the office for me,” said the boxer. “I’ve been a big underdog in my last couple fights and many other fights in my career, so it’s nothing new for me. I’m ready to go out there, and I got the world’s attention in the Ruslan fight, and I’m looking to shock the world again.”

“Hindi ako worried sa advantage nya, yung tankad nya,” said Pacquiao,” Dahil hindi lang ito ang first time na lumaban ako ng tankad, alam ko na gagawin ko sa taas ng ring.”

The undefeated Algieri is fresh off a stunned upset, surviving two first round knockdowns against Ruslan Providnikov and winning a 12 round decision.

His career may only be 20 fights young, but Chris Algieri has had his fair share of battles and hard hitters as a kickboxing champion and spar mate for the likes of Marcos Maidana.

“I have been on an accelerated stage and route, but that’s the way I want it,” said the undefeated Algieri. “I did the same thing in my kickboxing career. I won the fight for a world title in my fourth pro fight as a kickboxer. So here we are, it’s my 21st fight. I’m already a world champion, but I want bigger and better things, and you don’t get much bigger than Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Algieri left for New York shortly after their press conference for the final media stops of their 27,000 mile journey.

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