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MACAU---Manny Pacquiao couldn t resist
having a little fun after getting the signature
win he desperately needed for the fight box-
ing fans desperately want to see.
No reason not to enjoy himself after sending
Chris Algieri to the canvas six times Sunday
night in a performance that will once again
heat up talk of a fight with Floyd Mayweather
"He s going to fight me? Yes! Yes!," Pacquiao
said, jumping up and down in the ring Sunday
after tearing apart a reluctant Algieri on his
way to a lopsided decision win. "I am ready
to fight him next year."
Pacquiao was playing off a new commercial
where he celebrates after thinking Mayweather
has agreed to the match. But he might have
boosted his stock enough to entice May-
weather into the ring finally.
"I really want that fight," Pacquiao said.
"The fans deserve that fight."
Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he was
looking for, battering Algieri around the ring
at will in a lopsided welterweight title fight.
Pacquiao chased Algieri from the opening
bell, knocking him down repeatedly and dom-
inating. About the only thing Pacquiao didn t
get was his first knockout in five years, settling
instead for a lopsided 12-round unanimous
decision against an opponent who seemed
unwilling to engage.
By the time it was over, Algieri had gone
down six times. And Pacquiao had dispelled
notions he might be on the decline.
"It s not just his hand speed," Algieri said.
"He s a great fighter. He does everything well.
Manny has perfected his style of boxing."
Pacquiao prayed in his corner while waiting
for the decision. But it was Algieri who never
had a prayer.
Pacquiao knocked Algieri down once in the
second round, two more times in the sixth
and twice more in the ninth. After a final
knockdown in the 10th round, he seemed to
back off in a fight that had long been decid-
ed.Two ringside judges scored the bout 119-
103 while the third had it 120-102. The Asso-
ciated Press had Pacquiao winning 120-102.
Pacquiao went into the fight saying he
needed a power win to entice Mayweather
to fight him. He vowed to put on a perform-
ance like some of his earlier fights and did,
never letting Algieri get close.
Some of the sold out crowd of 13,202 at
the Venetian Macau may have wondered
whether Algieri deserved this fight, as he
spent more time trying to stay away from
Pacquiao than trading punches.
But while Algieri could run, he couldn t
hide. Pacquiao caught him repeatedly with
power punches and dropped him as he tried
to back away.
"The master boxer was given a master class
by professor Pacquiao tonight," trainer Freddie
Roach said. "I was disappointed in Algieri s
performance tonight. All he did was run."
Pacquiao s second fight in China was held
at midday to accommodate the pay-per-view
sales in the US, but the time of day didn t
matter much to the Filipino fans who cheered
on their 35-year-old national hero.
Pacquiao knocked Algieri down in the cor-
ner in the second round, though Algieri
claimed it was a slip.
He easily fought his way through Algieri s
tentative defense, landing punches on the
inside and piling up points.
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight
champion Chris Algieri of the US, left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title
boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, yesterday. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he
so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will on his way to a decision win in
one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. AP PHOTO
Algieri down six times
MACAU---Manny Pacquiao is done
taking the high road, tired of pre-
tending he doesn t care.
At long last he has Floyd May-
weather Jr. right where he wants
him. And this time he s not about
to let him slip away without a fight.
"I think it s time to say some-
thing," Pacquiao said yesterday after
dispatching Chris Algieri in con-
vincing fashion in this Chinese casi-
no town. "The fans deserve that
fight. It s time to make that fight
Whether it actually happens, of
course, depends on Mayweather
agreeing to sign on the bottom line.
And for the better part of five years
now, Mayweather has given one
excuse after another when it comes
to making the one fight boxing fans
really want. He thought Pacquiao
might be on steroids, and refused to
deal with his promoter. When Pac-
quiao got knocked out by Juan
Manuel Marquez, Mayweather said
it wasn t worth his time to even
mention his name.
But now Mayweather may be
boxed into a corner for a number of
reasons and from a number of
angles. The pressure will be on to
make the fight sometime in the first
half of next year or forever draw the
wrath of the fans who contribute to
his massive paychecks.
And suddenly the prospect of box-
ing s richest fight ever doesn t seem
like such a far-fetched fantasy after
"Answer the telephone, it s as sim-
ple as that," promoter Bob Arum
said when asked what it would take
to make the fight. "If boxing is to
be considered a major sport then
the fight has to happen. The non-
sense needs to cease. There are no
Mayweather opened the door ever
so slightly to the fight after his win
over Marcos Maidana in September,
saying that he might be open to the
possibility of a fight.
"If the Pacquiao fight happens, it
happens," Mayweather said. "You
can ask the same questions and get
the same answers. I call my own
There remain a number of obsta-
cles to actually making a fight,
though, not least is Mayweather s
willingness to risk his unblemished
mark near the end of his career.
There are issues with promoters, TV
contracts, purse splits and even lega-
Pressure builds on
Mayweather to fight
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