When a fighter, wrestler or mixed martial artist enters a bout with a truly awful strategy—a strategy that defies logic and one’s own abilities—it has to be asked whether or not he ever believed he could win.
In his match with Manny Pacquiao, Chris Algieri entered the ring this past Saturday (Sunday morning, Macau, China time, which is where the fight took place) with a stunningly idiotic game plan. Algieri and his trainer, Tim Lane, decided that the Long Islander was going to knock Manny Pacquiao out cold (or make him quit, I’m not fully sure).
After all, they had seen Pacquiao get drilled against Juan Manuel Marquez just 23 months earlier! Marquez (who entered that fourth meeting with Pacquiao built like a brick shithouse) was never known as a huge puncher, but with one soul-shaking right cross he buried PacMan face-first into the canvas.
So I guess that if Marquez could do it, so too could Algieri—you know, the same Algieri who is 30 years old and who entered the bout with a ledger of 20–0. Hell, Algieri had even stopped eight opponents in his career. Sure, in his previous six fights he only had one TKO and that was against a dude with a record of 14–12…oh, and the fight was stopped because of an “eye injury”…but why couldn’t Algieri pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and end Pacquiao’s career with a hailstorm of punches…it’s plausible!!!
Bullshit. Continue reading »