By Rommel Conclara and Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
September 2, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri arrived at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, on Friday, for part one of their two Major League Baseball stadium stops as part of their media tour for their November 22 bout in Macau, China.
Algieri and his trainer Tim Lane talked about what it would take to beat Pacquiao.
“He’s fought tall guys before – maybe not guys that were not as athletic as me, that could move the way like I do, and someone who uses the ring like I do, at the length of range that I have,” said Algieri. “But I guess we’ll see on November 22nd.”
“If you see his average, Chris throws over 100 punches per round,” said Lane. “You can talk about his movement or whatever, but his numbers are there. He does it all: offense, defense, countering. Expect him to put on a beautiful, wonderful fight.”
Pacquiao’s longtime coach and trainer, Freddie Roach had this to say about the match-up.
“We haven’t started training camp yet, so I’ll make a prediction, but I’m not ready right now,” said Roach. “We’re just on a press tour, but we will knock him out, I promise you.”
Like Roach, Pacquiao refuses to make predictions, but he is confident that they will develop the perfect game plan.
“It’s not my first time to fight someone taller than me,” said Pacquiao. “I have been fighting bigger and taller [fighters] than me so we know what we are going to do in training, what strategy to apply to this fight. But about the prediction, I don’t want to predict for this fight. I just want to make sure this will be a good fight.”
Both fighters were also able to take part in the Giants batting practice before the game.
Pacquiao was given professional tips by San Francisco Giants legend Will Clark and current Giants outfielder Angel Pagan. Pacquiao and Algieri both threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The tour continued to Los Angeles, where Pacquiao spent Labor Day throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.
“I’m thankful and happy to be here,” said Pacquiao. “I’m thankful for all my fans – you know LA is my second home.”
The Pacman spent Monday doing mainstream interviews with Fox Sports and ESPN and meeting some of the players.
During a pre-game interview, Pacquiao shared that he used to play baseball.
“I stopped playing after I hurt my back with the ball,” said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao and Algieri’s media tour ends Thursday in New York with a press conference. Both fighters will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange before they begin their training camps for their November 22 bout.
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