Chris Algieri entered his fight with Manny Pacquiao last November with a perfect 20-0 record and legitimate aspirations of beating one of the biggest names in boxing.
Instead, Algieri was knocked down six times and lost in a lopsided unanimous decision (119-103, 119-103, 120-102).
“It was a tough night,” the former welterweight champion said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Things didn’t play out the way we had planned. Dealing with a mega-fight of that magnitude and all the preparations that are involved, it just gives me a blueprint for how to prepare for the next one, which is next week.”
Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) will fight Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) at the Barclays Center in New York on May 29.
“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable now leading up to the fight,” Algieri said. “I’ve developed a schedule. It was a big learning experience. I’m looking forward to being a better fighter and a better man from it and take that moving forward the rest of my career.”
Khan, 28, is one of the top boxers in the business. He hasn’t lost in three years and has won 12 of his last 14 fights. Scott Ferrall felt that Pacquiao’s speed gave Algieri some problems, but Khan is younger and faster than Pacquiao. Doesn’t it stand to reason that Algieri will struggle with Khan as well?
“Pacquiao’s speed wasn’t really the problem on fight night,” Algieri said. “I was able to make him miss quite a bit. It was more so his overall skill. He’s a very experienced fighter. (He was) very, very sharp that night (and) fought a very smart fight. It’s a very different fight. They’re two entirely different people. Speed is one thing, but experience and timing and skills are a whole other thing. It comes down to more than just speed. Khan’s a fast guy, but I’m a fast guy, too. Timing beats speed. That’s the game plan.”
Algieri has learned a lot about himself since the loss to Pacquiao, especially since he was coming off an impressive win over Ruslan Provodnikov five months earlier.
“I’m a competitor, so of course I’m not just going to look at it like, ‘Hey, no big deal,’” Algieri said. “It was a big deal. I’m my biggest critic. But at the end of the day, I’m a competitor and I’m a champion and what you got to do is you got to pick yourself up, you got to get back in the gym, you got to get better. That’s what it’s always about. It’s all about improvement. I got right back to work and right back to expanding my repertoire and gaining experience and talking to different people. Thank God the next one is here. We’re ready to rock.”
Algieri, who has won 12 of his 21 fights by decision, hopes to knock out Khan.
“If you can hit somebody, you can hurt them, and if you can hurt them, you can knock them out,” Algieri said. “We’re going to work on May 29.”
If victorious, Algieri could be Floyd Mayweather’s opponent in Mayweather’s final fight. That’s Ferrall’s hope, anyway.
“We’ll see if that’s actually his last fight or not,” Algieri said. “You never know what’s going to happen in the world of boxing, but that’s the ultimate goal. If you want to fight the best in the world, Floyd Mayweather is that man.”