Sly Stallone annoints Pacquiao opponent Chris Algieri as ‘New Rocky’

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 6, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Since his upset win over Ruslan Providnikov, Chris Algieri has been compared to the movie “Rocky”, a fictional story about an unknown boxer who went on to become a champion.

During Algieri’s downtown Los Angeles press conference, the so-called “new Rocky” got a surprise visit from the original Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.

“It’s really great to say Rocky happened in reality. So I guess your about to see it. So ladies and gentlemen, stay tuned. I think we have the birth of a new star,” said the action star during the press conference.

“That’s something I been watching since I was a kid and to be in league or same breath as someone like that is pretty incredible,” Algieri said.

While Manny Pacquiao holds his training camp in General Santos for their November 22nd showdown.

The Long Island New York fighter has been training in Las Vegas for the past few weeks. He is ready to get a first hand look at Pacquiao’s speed which many fighters have fallen victim to.

“You just gotta be ready for anything. I’ve had really good sparring very good quick guys with us and really it’s about setting the rhythm. You can offset speed with rhythm and timing,” explained the undefeated American.

Algieri won’t be entering the ring with the title that he outboxed Provodnikov for.

Last week, he was asked to vacate his WBO 140 pound belt and title prior to his fight against Pacquiao.

“It is what it is. I’m not really going to focus on that too much. I’m going to focus on getting the 147 belt,” he said.

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