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Pacquiao Dominates Algieri In Win

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Pacquiao dominates Algieri in win

November 24, 2014By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Rafael's remarks: When Algieri challenged Ruslan Provodnikov for a junior welterweight title in June, he was awarded a controversial split decision, despite getting knocked down twice in the first round and suffering a terribly swollen right eye (which he showed a huge heart to fight through). Prior to that fight, Algieri, 30, a former kickboxer with a master's degree, was a virtually unknown fighter from Huntington, New York, whose career had been spent fighting in Long Island club shows.

So off that debatable and not very impressive victory, Algieri found himself with a world title (which was stripped from him as he entered the ring in Macau) and was in the right place at the right time because Pacquiao, the Filipino icon and one of boxing's all-time legends, needed a dance partner and because he came relatively cheap (a package of about $2.7 million to his co-promoters, of which Algieri got a career high $1.675 million). Everyone tried to sell it as a competitive fight, but most didn't buy that sales pitch. It was never a fight, even on paper. Algieri was in, as Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach correctly said, way over his head. So was his trainer, Tim Lane, whose labeling of the fight as "The Chris Algieri Show" and his comments to him during the bout that they had Pacquiao right where they wanted him, were absolutely laughable comic gold.

In the end, Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division titleholder, rolled over Algieri with absolute ease, just as most expected in a fight contracted at 144 pounds and fought before a sold-out crowd of 13,201 at the Venetian's CotaiArena. Pacquiao's winning margin on the scorecards -- 18 and 16 points -- has to be among the most lopsided ever in the history of world title fights....

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