WOODS: People Don’t Grasp How Big Algieri Could Get If He Upsets Pacquiao

It’s a different life for Chris Algieri that he’s living right now. Yes, familiar elements are still present; he still lives with his mom and dad in Huntington. But his day planner now, it’s packed with potentially lucrative meetings, and sessions booked with major media and training sessions for the fight which would, if he won, catapult him into the realm which he currently resides in, to a whole nother space. Put this way: if Chris Algieri beats Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 22 in Macau, this young man will enjoy a brand of attention and acclaim that no boxer in this nation has seen since…it’s been awhile.

Dispense with political correctness and an admirable but facile stance on the invisibility of race, for a moment. A Caucasian pugilistic sensation, one with a supremely telegenic face, an absence of run-ins with authorities, with an ability to articulate in engaging and enlightened repartee, that dude is going to get catapulted into a special place.

But first, he will taste a nibble from that tree. He and reps are chatting with Nike, Adidas and Under Armour about wearing their gear for the Pacman clash; that would earn some sweet pocket change, enough to make a dent in a Manhattan bachelor pad, if he so desires…or maybe get started on a chain of joints like Joe Namath used to have. I ran that by Algieri on a Wednesday chat, partially joking, but not fully, because we should never underestimate the power of messaging, of marketing inundation, while focusing on a magnetic sort who could attract eyeballs from so many different demos. This kid could, as I told you after he beat Ruslan Provodnikov in June and started politicking for a Pacquiao scrap, find himself in ultra-rare territory.

But I am getting ahead of myself, merely considering the angles. So, I think, is Algieri, casually considering the possibilities if his upset train keeps chugging. We chat while he’s enroute on the Long Island Railroad to NYC for some social media training at HBO, which is packaging the Pacquiao-Algieri PPV promotion with Top Rank, the 29-year-old hitter. He assures me, all this endorsement talk and the like is definitely ancillary to him. “I’ve kept up with my workouts,” he says. “And (friend and media relations pro Kevin Rooney Jr.) has been handling the media and scheduling stuff.” Wednesday would have been Algieri’s fourth day of doing boxing training, all the typical stuff aside from sparring. He works with his coach Keith Trimble, who has a gym in the LI town of Bellmore. Sparring will start soon, and Algieri admits he’s looking forward to some swapping of leather. “”Yeah, I like to punch people in the face,” he says. “I’m looking forward to doing that again.”

He’s been here, there everywhere, on Fox News, on this show and that, getting trotted out as a bigwig and tons of functions. On Saturday, his alma mater, Stony Brook, will honor him. Thus far, the upwave of interest and buzz has been basically a smooth sail. “Yeah, I haven’t had any beefs or anything. I’ve actually never been in a street fight.” He is, yes, looking forward to the college’s “Chris Algieri Day,” and noted he will not be available should any co-eds look to snag him for some keg stand sessioning. “None for me,” he says, chuckling.

The Long Island boxer will be in Vegas to train with coach Tim Lane for five weeks, and then to Macau for a total of ten days. It will be a majestic Thanksgiving should he come back having beaten The Congressman, it should almost go without saying.

Algieri isn’t even hoping a smidgem he says, that Pacman is looking past him, dabbling too much in his hoop dreams, and leaving himself open to be upset. “Manny can be seemingly all over the place and be focused,” Algieri says. “I’ve just got to focus on myself.”

That focus includes a desire, not a burning one, as there is a large hurdle to traverse in Macau, to fight Floyd Mayweather after Pacquiao. Did he watch Floyd’s latest outing, against Marcos Maidana? “I did,” Algieri says. “It was typical Floyd. I expected Maidana to press the action more, Floyd kept the pace slow. Maidana did hit him with that big shot in the third. It was a good win. I agree with you, Mike, I’m not sure why so many people were (crapping) on Floyd afterwards (critiquing his performance). Maidana won like one round, what should Floyd have done? Maidana fought the wrong fight. Technically, he was sound, but he didn’t do enough.” (Note, I have called Robert Garcia too many times to get his take on Chino’s showing. I will type a story if and when he chooses to call back.)

And, did the New Yorker see anything that he’ll tuck away for that hoped-for later? “Floyd kind of does the same stuff to perfection by now,” Algieri says. “He’s similar to Pacquiao, in that he’s mastered what he does. Could we have a better plan (than Maidana) against Mayweather? Absolutely.”

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

Greatness happens... And it happens in ways we cannot predict or request or prevent. It has been said that God works in mysterious ways. If Algieri wins we must accept him .....congratulate him and do so with sincere smiles on our faces. Only in private may we groan obnoxiously and curse the gods. Since I was recently robbed by Floyd, I probably won't get the fight on HBO.(not that I was having an urgent desire to see it). But this would be a fantastic Moment for Algieri and the Big Apple. Ticker tape parades should commence enthusiasticly while the chest of Algieri is festooned with a myriad of pins, ribbons and medals by a high ranking public official. Anything can happen in Boxing .... But this would be far from the worse thing that could happen. If you act quickly (during this one time limited offer) you maybe able to stand in the reception line next to the Commish and offer your congratulations personally.


-deepwater2 :

A bachelor pad downtown costs $2,225,000 for a one bedroom with taxes and common charges an additional $1200 a month. I see the frugal man buying a 3 bedroom close to his parents for $850,000 with property taxes of $7800 per year. If the judges give the Chris an undeserved decision like they did Bradley he might be hated and have to move to Staten Island and keep a low profile.


-Froggy :

WOW if he would beat Pacquaio and then Mayweather, boxing would have another "Cinderella Man" ! I have only been to one play in my life and one of the songs in the play comes to mind, To Dream the Impossible Dream !


-Radam G :

The Empire State gift receiver of a paper title from an alphabet-sanctioning organization is in deep kimche in Macau. Da Manny/3m is going to set C-Al's arse on fire in dat squared jungle Pacific "Ring of Fire." Holla!


-The Commish :

WOW if he would beat Pacquaio and then Mayweather, boxing would have another "Cinderella Man" ! I have only been to one play in my life and one of the songs in the play comes to mind, To Dream the Impossible Dream !
"...to fight, the unbeatable foe..." When he beats Pacquiao, Algieri will, hands down, be named "Fighter of the Year." He will have upset Emanuel Taylor, Ruslan Provodnikov and Manny Pacquiao, all in one year. "...to reach, the unreachable stars!" -Randy G.


-Froggy :

Ha ha ha, touche RG !


-Radam G :

WOW if he would beat Pacquaio and then Mayweather, boxing would have another "Cinderella Man" ! I have only been to one play in my life and one of the songs in the play comes to mind, To Dream the Impossible Dream !
Da Manny/3m has already "Dream(ed) the Impossible Dream," and C-Al has rolled up on an arse thrashing that C-Al will get for dishonesty and mouthing lies about how "Tim Bradley beat Manny with movement," and how he -- C-Al -- beat tSR "with movement." OMFG! Both C-Al and TB got their arses BEAT! And they cannot accept that they are beneficials of home-crooking cooking. Gomer Pyle resided in Hawaii until the day his died. And he was every bit of a PacFan. Holla at a version of that song: To Dream the Impossible..." But the reality of the actuality not the falsity of a home-cooking victory.
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5KeGccP9Jk. Holla!


-Froggy :

Exactly what I meant Radam G, when I said dream the impossible dream, it ain't gonna happen ! I better say C-Al's dream to be clear !


-Kid Blast :

It's incompressible to me how otherwise knowledgeable boxing people like Randy can be sucked and/or suckered into this slaughter. Yeah yeah, a college educated blue -eyed Italian. from NY. Swoon. I get that. But once the bell rings, the reality of getting stalked and then waxed by a monster dwarf will settle in and we all can go back to the May-Pac boredom. By the way, no kimchee in Macau (that's Korea). Just Monkey brains and cat.


-Froggy :

KidBlast, I hope they kill the monkey first, a friend of mine has a tape where it doesn't appear that way !


-Kid Blast :

Arghh


-Radam G :

"...to fight, the unbeatable foe..." When he beats Pacquiao, Algieri will, hands down, be named "Fighter of the Year." He will have upset Emanuel Taylor, Ruslan Provodnikov and Manny Pacquiao, all in one year. "...to reach, the unreachable stars!" -Randy G.
Sorry, for your homie, Commish! But he is going to be named the "Fighter of the Clear -- Git [$??] da hell outta HERE!" He is all phony, not pure. At the top of the pound-4-pound, he is not even near. Since he is going to be training in Sin City for bit, he oughta and get him some in-da-doghouse shyt. The Money Train's pugs will welcome him, and on his arse, the pittbulls -- I mean pugs -- will have a fit. They would tear him up from da floo' up. Every day they would beat him until he throw [$??] up. Nobody -- but his homies -- like a pug who has been buttered with ur [$??] home-cooking win. That is the biggest boksing sin. And. "Hard work, dedication" would wanna put your arse in the trash bin. What an Algieri's charade! C-Al and his trainer Tim Lane -- the kissing second cousin of Lois Lane -- oughta come out of the shade. For Da Manny/3m, C-Al is homemade. BTW! Superman got a new, side chick. So,TL, don't be trying to get your cuz LL to get C-Al a Superman's trick. Besides, Sup is gonna be one weak d??k. We have placed kyptonite in every casino and on every inch of the island of Macau. Matter of fact, we have a drone patrolling the skies just in case Superman tries to sneak fly in for bed action with LL -- not Cool J -- but Lois Lane. Coming on to the M-Island, we might stop her jet plane. And, YUP! We are going to have C-Al in the M-Island for a roast and a toast, and then we are going to send his arse back to the USA mainland East Coast. Three cheers and an @$$ whuppin' for y'all pug from the Empire State, but he won't be crashing the Pac-party gate. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

I highly doubt he'll win, but if he does Arum will probably make him right Bradley the give a rematch to Pacquaio....


-Radam G :

It's incompressible to me how otherwise knowledgeable boxing people like Randy can be sucked and/or suckered into this slaughter. Yeah yeah, a college educated blue -eyed Italian. from NY. Swoon. I get that. But once the bell rings, the reality of getting stalked and then waxed by a monster dwarf will settle in and we all can go back to the May-Pac boredom. By the way, no kimchee in Macau (that's Korea). Just Monkey brains and cat.
Apparently you have never been to Macau. Kimchee is plentiful just as American steaks and potatoes and apple pie. And Filipino balut and adoba. And French wine and horse stew or steaks. And Italian's pizzas and meatballs and spaghetti. Don't stereotype the world. Immerse yourself in it. It is a sick-arse stereotype that switches from Chinese to Koreans to Vietnamese eating "CATS" and monkey brains, and Filipinos eat dogs. Stop the nonsense already. Even if they did, which they don't, even Amerkanos eat cow and pig brains and testes. What is the point of food hate? And for the umpteen times, C-Al's eyes are like green-to-da-max emeralds. And in his own words, he is "Argentine and white." And "the race card won't be in this fight" he has insisted. WOW! Holla!


-brownsugar :

If I end up buying this fight I'm placing the blame squarely on Editor Mike and the Commish. I'm starting to get just a bit curious.


-SouthPawFlo :

Here's why I know this guy will not win: Reason 1: He has 0 punching power Reason 2: Even if the fight is close, judges tend to favor the guy who is attacking & pressing the action and that definitely won't be Chris Reason 3: This guy is a B level fighter on his best day and this bein this first PPV experience he might succumb to the pressure of the big lights Reason 4: He's fighting Manny P in Macau, China there's no way in hell the judge will give him a "Tim Bradley" type gift in China...


-Radam G :

Here's why I know this guy will not win: Reason 1: He has 0 punching power Reason 2: Even if the fight is close, judges tend to favor the guy who is attacking & pressing the action and that definitely won't be Chris Reason 3: This guy is a B level fighter on his best day and this bein this first PPV experience he might succumb to the pressure of the big lights Reason 4: He's fighting Manny P in Macau, China there's no way in hell the judge will give him a "Tim Bradley" type gift in China...
And all of China is already boiling and mad as heck because C-Al got a near "Tim Bradley' type of gift" decision over tSR, who's mother is ethnic Chinese. And instead of C-Al just shutting da hell up and FIGHTING Da Manny/3m, he keep claiming that "Tim Bradley beat (3m) with movement" and he -- C-Al -- "beat" tSR "with movement." WTF! C-Al's eyeballs and brain have a very jived up connection of alternate reality. On what planet did TB beat Da Manny "with movement?" Maybe C-Al is talking about movement of scoring sheets. Or maybe he is subliminally talking about Yanky Stanky -- I mean Hanky Panky -- to help the cheats. Holla!


-Denise Alvarez :

"IF", is the big word. If Algieri gets past Manny, then we can speculate which direction his career will go. Algieri won his last fight with Provodnikov by luck. Manny still has it and he will exhibit that at Chris Algieri's expense.


-Radam G :

"IF", is the big word. If Algieri gets past Manny, then we can speculate which direction his career will go. Algieri won his last fight with Provodnikov by luck. Manny still has it and he will exhibit that at Chris Algieri's expense.
"Algieri won his last fight with Provodnikov" by home cooking. In Macau, from the canvas, up he's going to be looking. Holla!


-thegreyman :

Algieri won his last fight- but he didn't beat Provodnikov, and he can't beat Pac.