Chris Algieri (20-1, 8KO’s) had a chance, the opportunity of a life time.  The Huntington Long Island native did not deliver.  His one chance to upset Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38KO’s) was based purely on punch output and conditioning.  That was the plan against Ruslan Provodnikov, and boy did it work then!  Algieri landed 288 of 993 punches against Provodnikov, which hands down won him the fight.  Algieri is known as a volume puncher tho.  In his previous 4 fights, he has averaged 87.9 punches per round, which is way above the welterweight average of 58.2.  So why didn’t he apply the same stratergy against Pacman?  The answer is simple.  He was overmatched!  Manny is not Ruslan Provodnikov,  he is a great boxing talent.  Provodnikov is a big puncher, but that’s all he is.  The stamina and technique is not there like it is with Manny.

This fight had a Mayweather VS Gatti feel to it.  Might have been the most lopsided victory since that, without the knockout of course.  As I predicted in my previous article titled “6 Fights To Watch’, Algieri would last 12 rounds with Manny Pacquiao, but he almost didn’t.  Six knockdowns scattered throughout 12 rounds, made for a truly amazing performance for the Pacman.  We all knew Manny would win, but after Algieri’s performance against Provo, I was not expecting this.  The step from Emanuel Taylor to Ruslan Provodnikov is not a huge one.  Both are formidable opponents, but neither is great.  The step from Provodnikov to Manny Pacquiao is not a step at all.  It is a huge leap, because Manny is great.

After this masterful performance, which I scored 120-103 by the way, lets state the obvious.  Lets make the statement that everyone has to be sick of making already.  Lets have the mega fight that everyone wants to see because Pacman deserves it.  FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS MANNY PACQUIAO.  So many stories have surfaced over the years about why this hasn’t happened yet.  The rumor of Manny being on steroids.  The money disagreements.  The story of Showtime offering Pacquiao and Arum 40 million big ones to fight Mayweather, and Bob Arum turning it down.  None of this is important anymore.  WE NEED TO SEE #1 VS #2!!! We need it because, to put it simply, nothing else makes sense anymore.

Lomachenko Is A Beast

Some say he is the greatest amateur fighter ever, going 397-1.  Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1KO) is an amazing technical fighter thats going to be around for a very long time.  Even tho he lost in his first title opportunity against Orlando Solido, a crafty veteran, no one should worry.  He is still very young and will be great one day.  He proved that on Saturday night when he railroaded Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33KO’s).  After a knockdown in the fourth round, Lomancenko stayed on his game throughout the fight.  He did slow down in the second half after a hand injury tho, and basically beat his opponent with 1 arm.  It was absolutely amazing to watch.  This kid is gonna get a lot of big fights very very soon.

Undercard Results

Zou Shiming          def.          Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym          via UD 12 rd          Flyweight

Jesse Vargas          def.          Antonio Demarco                          via UD 12 rd          Junior Welterweight


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