MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos around the world celebrated as Manny Pacquiao sent Chris Algieri to the canvas numerous times as they battled for the world welterweight title on Sunday.
Emotions flooded as Algieri was sent to the floor no less than six times with Pacquiao’s mighty punches. However, despite best efforts by the Filipino icon, he was unable to beat his opponent via knockout. In fact, Pacquiao wasn’t able to knock out all of his previous opponents for five years now.
On an interview with Jessica Soho, Pacquiao explained why he was unable to finish off Algieri with a KO.
“Hindi lang tayo naging careless kasi natuto tayo nung mga nakaraang laban natin. Nagkaroon tayo ng talo dahil sa pagiging careless,” said Pacquiao, as reported by GMA News.
(“I learned not to be careless from my previous matches. I lost fights because of being careless.”)
Pacquiao might be talking about the loss he had to Juan Manuel Marquez; where the Filipino boxer suffered a shocking knockout defeat. Reports said that the boxer, as well as his trainer Freddie Roach, noted that the loss he had was due to a bit of carelessness.
“Ngayon, hindi tayo naging careless, napabagsak natin nang ilang beses. Talagang matibay lang si Algieri,” Pacquiao explained.
(“Now, I was not careless, I was able to knock him down several times. It’s just Algieri is really tough.”)
The champion boxer also shared that Algieri had intended to keep moving and running from the beginning of their fight. He said, “Ayaw na niyang makipag-engage sa start pa lang ng first round.”
(“He didn’t want to engage since the start of first round.”)
Buboy Fernandez, the boxer’s assistant trainer and best friend, supported Pacquiao’s decision to exercise caution during the fight.
“Every round, pinapaalala ko talaga kay Manny na ‘wag basta-basta pumasok, kasi may tendency ‘yung Fighting Congressman natin na nilalangoy niya,” explained by Fernandez.
(“Every round, I always reminded Manny not to carelessly engage, because our fighting Congressman has the tendency to jump in.”)
“Si Algieri, naghahanap lang ng butas, na magkamali tayo,” Fernandez added.
(“Algieri only waits for a chance for Manny to commit a mistake.”)