Roach: Arum Told Me To Get Pacquiao Ready For Algieri

BY Michael Woods ON July 14, 2014
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Freddie Roach is counting down the days till his guy Zou Shiming does battle in Macau, and Freddie is fully foucused on the former amateur standout, who is making marked progress as a pro, but still is buffing off some of those amateur ways.

I chatted with Roach, who has been in Macau a week, on Monday night, US ET, and he told me that a most revered visitor might be present to see the 33-year-old Shiming meet 23-3-1 (13 KOs) Luis De la Rosa of Colombia at the Cotai Arena, in a fight you can watch on HBO2: Manny Pacquiao.

Yep, the age-36-in-December Congressman might be checking out the action, seeing if Freddie's kid, a two-time gold medallist and 4-0 since turning pro in April 2013, can handle a more seasoned foe.

And might they talk about Manny's next foe, the one who will step in with him on Nov. 22, at the Venetian in Macau?

Doubtless…especially since it's looking like Chris Algieri, the kid from Long Island who on June 14 snagged the WBO 140 pound crown from Roach's Siberian Rocky, Ruslan Provodnikov, has the inside track on landing that Pacquiao fight.

Roach told me he recently talked to Pacman's promoter, Bob Arum, and Roach said that Algieri will get the nod to fight Manny.

"I told Bob, 'I don't like runners,' and Bob said you better find a way, that's who you're fighting," said Roach, the six time Boxing Writers Association trainer of the year.

Roach said he asked if there wasn't somebody more popular, or a better stylistic fit for the 56-5-2 Pacman, who last gloved up April 12, when he conclusively beat (UD12) Tim Bradley in a rematch tangle. After all, Roach offered, Provodnikov would love to clash with the Filipino icon. Nope, Arum said, according to Roach, that'd be a hard sell because he lost his last fight, to Algieri.

"I can't promote that," Arum said to Roach. "Bob likes Algieri, and he told me that's who we're getting."

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Radam G says:

Wow! We will see. Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

A battle of east meets the east

flackoguapo says:

A battle of east meets the east


Haha yup! The beast science meets the sweet science! And even more so with Maidana vs $May

Skibbz says:

Will be interesting to see how they spin up Algieri's chances. The kids got no chance against Manny Pacquiao, not even a puncher's chance. One of the greatest of all time, and best of this era, will find no problems defeating Algieri and we could see fireworks in Macau when Chris eats the canvas.

That'll be a nice cheque to take with him to nursing school too which can't hurt. Maybe he can check his own ailments out after the fight, is he even fully recovered for the Rocky fight?

flackoguapo says:

Will be interesting to see how they spin up Algieri's chances. The kids got no chance against Manny Pacquiao, not even a puncher's chance. One of the greatest of all time, and best of this era, will find no problems defeating Algieri and we could see fireworks in Macau when Chris eats the canvas.

That'll be a nice cheque to take with him to nursing school too which can't hurt. Maybe he can check his own ailments out after the fight, is he even fully recovered for the Rocky fight?


Haha sheeeesh, Skibbz. Killin' em!! I also think Pacquiao is gonna eventually be too much for CA. I see a late stoppage by Pacquaio and getting his "get-backs" for his fellow stablemate and your boy, Siberian Rocky.

brownsugar says:

The fights a done deal. Pac can fight whomever he wants. He's earned it. Algieri gets his 15 min of fame. The fans can either choose to tune in or decline to watch. I'll probably watch if there is a compelling undercard.

But the matchup is bittersweet and makes Canelo/Lara seem epic by comparison.

I like the fact that TR is providing some diversity by choosing Algieri but I would have rather seen Pac's management pick a more deserving challenger.

Oh wait he did earn the shot by besting the Siberian Rocky in twelve difficult to watch rounds.

However there's nothing that can be done at this stage except sit back and enjoy the show.

The more important question is who gets the call after Pac has his hand raised at the end of the fight?

Porter vs Brooks will produce a worthy challenger and maybe Thurman will have gained more visibility after his mid summer showcase.

And Rock-em Sock-em Robert Guerrero will be waiting breathlessly in the wings with Pops Garcia ready to brand Pac a chicken if he dares to use his well developed lateral movement.

I'd even be happy if the smooth boxing Postol was chosen.

Whomever it is I hope Pac goes out on a high note. I know he'd want to finish his remaining career in legendary fashion.

Froggy says:

Arum must think Pacquaio deserves an easy fight and also get his first KO in five years !

michigan400 says:

I have no problem with Pac or Mayweather taking an easier fight if nobody else is available. The problem I have is they will still expect boxing fans to pay $75 to watch a "keep busy" fight when it should be on regular TV. Pac vs. Algieri will flop big time as a PPV. It doesn't even sound remotely interesting to me.

Froggy says:

I agree michigan400 ! I wouldn't pay anything to watch it and I am watching much less PPV than I used to watch !

gibola says:

How the hell can Arum think he can sell Algeri-Pacquaio? Who to? On pay-per-view? I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole! Provodnikov lost to Bradley and people still wanted to see him fight Alvarado. Provodnikov-Pacquaio is a much more saleable fight for Top Rank. Pacquaio-Khan is a better matchup than either and with the GB-TR feud over it was supposed to be possible, Arum said he'd check it out - he must have hit a wall with Khan's Showtime commitments. What a pity.

Radam G says:

How the hell can Arum think he can sell Algeri-Pacquaio? Who to? On pay-per-view? I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole! Provodnikov lost to Bradley and people still wanted to see him fight Alvarado. Provodnikov-Pacquaio is a much more saleable fight for Top Rank. Pacquaio-Khan is a better matchup than either and with the GB-TR feud over it was supposed to be possible, Arum said he'd check it out - he must have hit a wall with Khan's Showtime commitments. What a pity.


Khan is the one who is hard to deal with in negotiating fights. He is on some type of religious lies with fantasy ties. Holla!

flackoguapo says:

I'm not sold on this fight yet. There are so many better options Bob can choose from at Goldenboy. I'm sure Goldenboys stable of 40 and 47lbers would love a shot and pay-day against Da Manny.

Radam G says:

C-Al has agreed to the $1.5mil arse thrashing in Macau. Wow! Holla!

the Roast says:

If this fight is on it is not a good choice by Arum. Algieri's style could be tough on the aged Pacman. Manny can look good against a fighter who will stand still or come forward but the long armed Chris will be sticking and moving. Emphasis on moving. Can Pac cut the ring off, let his hands go and do damage? Or does the out of nowhere upstart dance and pick apart the onrushing Pacman. Hard to imagine the judges giving Chris the nod over Manny the way they did Provodnikov.

Radam G says:

If this fight is on it is not a good choice by Arum. Algieri's style could be tough on the aged Pacman. Manny can look good against a fighter who will stand still or come forward but the long armed Chris will be sticking and moving. Emphasis on moving. Can Pac cut the ring off, let his hands go and do damage? Or does the out of nowhere upstart dance and pick apart the onrushing Pacman. Hard to imagine the judges giving Chris the nod over Manny the way they did Provodnikov.


Hehehe! The Roast is always joking. C-Al didn't even have an amateur career. He came to boxing LATE. And is full of histrionics and robot-like moving and gooving. Dude has absolutely no boksing fluid kinematics.

Da Manny is going to pick him apart and carve him up like cutting a turkey. C-Al fights in a hecky-jecky style with excessive robotive moves that are far from the fluid mechanics of elite sweet science. Dude is easy to hit. And hard to miss. He hasn't fought an adroit top gun yet. Maybe that is why some people cannot see how boxing robotic and clumsy that he is.

I've seen C-Al sparring sessions with top guns -- who I won't name. You can go to YouTube and find them. These top guns tore his arse UP. C-Al can handle run-of-mill pugs, but not seasoned, top-of-food-chain ones.

C-Al will get cooked in Macau heat. He is one loooooooong, taaaaaall TURKEY that we're going to EAT. Hehehe! Holla!

Bernie Campbell says:

Im still getting over the fact that Arum made light of Chavez dumb antics about Cannabis! When it comes to a little bit of promo to get his idiot mug in print, Arum would cut his Mothers throat!

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