Freddie Roach said “Chris Algieri isn’t a real life Rocky”, and he was right. The Chris Algieri show is over and although he showed heart to finish the fight Algieri was overwhelmed in a dominant performance by Manny Pacquiao.
In a fight that featured six knockdowns Pacquiao did virtually whatever he wanted against an opponent that was dropped in the second, twice in the sixth, twice in the ninth and again in the tenth round. The judges turned in scores of 119-103 twice and 120-102 to give Pacquiao another victory.
The obvious question for Max Kellerman to ask Pacqiao was about Mayweather and Pacquiao used the opportunity to use his line from his viral Foot Locker commercial “He wants to fight me!”
The real question is who else is there for Pacquiao to fight period? There are a lot of welterweights out there, the only unfortunate thing is they are tied to AL Haymon and that means it’s not even worth writing about because I don’t do speculation and gossip.
So realistically there’s a rubber match with Bradley that only Bradley fans want (yes I’m a Bradley fan), Jessie Vargas that no fans want, the winner of the interesting Mauricio Herrera vs Jose Benavidez Jr matchup or a fifth fight against Marquez that Marquez has said he has no interest in.
Pacqiao is becoming a victim of his own success and unfortunately for him to be seriously tested again it’s going to require something to budge, don’t bet on it though.
Olympic gold medalist and Chinese superstar Zou Shiming 6-0 1KO defeated Kwanpichit Onesonchaigym 27-1-2 12KO’s by unanimous decision with scores of 119-106 twice and 119-103. Shiming scored two knockdowns in the second round off of right hooks and looked ready to close the show early but Onesonchaigym stayed in the fight to have his moments though they were few and far between. An accidental headbutt opened up a cut on Shiming in the seventh and his eye began to swell but Shiming showed poise and stuck to the fight plan to pull out the victory.
Vasyl Lomachenko 3-1 1KO dominated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo 51-2 33KO’s to win a unanimous decision that was never in doubt. Lomachenko dropped Piriyapinyo in the fourth with a left hook at the end of the round.
Lomachenko went on to dominate even after he appearedto hurt his left hand in the seventh round. One hand didn’t matter Lomachenko continued to outbox with one good paw and scored a unanimous decision with scores of 120-107 on all three score cards.
In the first televised bout of the televised pay per view card Jessie Vargas 26-0 9KO’s defeated Antonio De Marco 31-4-1 23KO’s in a fight that went as expected for fans that follow Vargas. The great Roy Jones Jr. has stepped in to take over as head trainer for Jessie Vargas appears to have done a good job at shoring up Vargas’s left hook and combination punching as Vargas looked better putting his punches together against De Marco a fighter that historically hasn’t been hard to put punches together against.
Vargas is perplexing as he is consistently inconsistent, he always starts well but tends to fade down the stretch which has lead him to be in fights that are closer than they should be. Jones needs to tighten up Vargas’s focus and teach him to finish a fight down the stretch to round out this fighter that has the potential to be better than he has shown.