Props To Tim Lane And His Guy Algieri

Bless that Tim Lane, he was still optimistic, still trying to project the image of the captain in charge of the ship even while water was being baled from iceburg tears.

The trainer for Chris Algieri was still, in round nine, after four knockdowns, believing in his kid, thinking he’d be able to turn the tide, and give Pacquaio some bad medicine. He told HBO analyst Max Kellerman as much during the ninth.

Max: “Was there an idea that after four rounds something changes?”

“Yep.”

“What was gonna change?”

“I’ll tell you after,” Lane said. “He’s going to put him to sleep here in a few minutes. I’m going to let him go, I’m gonna let him go in one more round… I got him in the cage right now. Time to unlock the cage…,” he said.

The analyst pressed, “The plan is to have Algieri knock Pacquiao out?”

“Yes. But I still got him in the cage. He listens to me very well, I’m gonna let him lose in a couple rounds.”

“Round ten?”

“Round ten or eleven.”

And then fate and irony balled up their fists and unleashed a corker.

Down went Algieri, for knockdown number five. He was up at nine plus. He battled and then got basted, and took a knee. And arose, and showed, again, what might be the most impressive trait he possesses as a fighter: his heart. He was in fact buzzed, and nobody would have looked askance at the kid if he couldn’t get up for ten. But he’s a fighter, and fighters fight…they take on the sternest tests, and even when fate and men with more punitive fists than yours lace into you, you’re a fighter, and you don’t quit. Lane deserves some props for optimism in the face of some harsh winds of futility, and Algieri for seeing this thing through.

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COMMENTS

-Domenic :

I didn't watch. My provider, Verizon FiOS, wanted $70+ for this. Out of principle, I simply won't pay that. No can do. Thus I followed the espn twitter feed. My biggest surprise was seeing those scores: 119-103, 120-102. Rarely do you see scores that lopsided; generally fights heading in that direction get stopped. Clearly Algieri was in way over his head, but went the distance, despite being completely outclassed by a superior force. No shame in that. Not sure where he goes from here. But to answer an earlier question, not on PPV.


-Froggy :

So Lane was allowing his fighter to get beat up and knocked down before he let him out of the cage, to give Manny a false sense of confidence ? Ha,ha, ha not the best strategy, I don't think he's gonna be trainer of the year !


-amayseng :

I didn't watch. My provider, Verizon FiOS, wanted $70+ for this. Out of principle, I simply won't pay that. No can do. Thus I followed the espn twitter feed. My biggest surprise was seeing those scores: 119-103, 120-102. Rarely do you see scores that lopsided; generally fights heading in that direction get stopped. Clearly Algieri was in way over his head, but went the distance, despite being completely outclassed by a superior force. No shame in that. Not sure where he goes from here. But to answer an earlier question, not on PPV.
I think two knockdowns were very solid hurtful shots, the other ones come from Chris back peddling and running so much that decent shots put him off balance and down. He ran A LOT. And yes I refused to pay that amount as well.


-Pazuzu :

Max: ?Was there an idea that after four rounds something changes?? ?Yep.? ?What was gonna change?? ?I?ll tell you after,? Lane said. ?He?s going to put him to sleep here in a few minutes. I?m going to let him go, I?m gonna let him go in one more round? I got him in the cage right now. Time to unlock the cage?,? he said. The analyst pressed, ?The plan is to have Algieri knock Pacquiao out?? ?Yes. But I still got him in the cage. He listens to me very well, I?m gonna let him lose in a couple rounds.? ?Round ten?? ?Round ten or eleven.? And then fate and irony balled up their fists and unleashed a corker.
This exchange, immediately punctuated by the best punch of the fight, was the evening's highlight. Look out Tim Lane, instant karma's gonna get you.


-Skibbz :

Like I've been saying he tries to survive. In the greatest of circumstances a back peddling jab style will win you a club amateur fight. But in the pro's running away behind a jab is simply not what's required. You've got to fight and beat your opponent not keep him at bay which is the style Algieri takes. He understands it that keeping yuro pponent at bay is how to win but it's simply not that way, I really hope we don't see him on prime time slots unless he learns how to slug just a little, a 12 round slugfest with Ruslan and I would be willing to purchase PPV's. Let's go champ.


-Kid Blast :

No. No props. He was rabbited. No props for that. Running is not what pro boxing is all about. And he also was slaughtered.


-brownsugar :

Just say no to "Survivalist Boxing",.... Lol.