Despite many had been voicing out that Manny Pacquiao will have an easy win against Chris Algieri on their fight in Macau on November 23, 2014, Hall of Famer referee Joe Cortez had a very different opinion. In his radio interview with ontheropesboxing.com’ Robert Brown, Cortez confidently voiced out that Algieri will win the fight by a decision.
Cortez believed that the upcoming fight for Pacquiao will prove to be difficult. He even said that he thinks the Filipino boxing icon will not be able to pass through his opponent come November 23. He then enumerated the advantages of Algieri, namely his height of 5’10”, his boxing skills and his long jab. He might be able to keep Pacquiao from a distance that will give Pacman a real challenge.
Algieri might not have the hardest punch as Cortez added. He said that Algieri proved in his fight against Provodnikov that he can be difficult to hit and will be able to move around a lot while giving different combinations. He will be able to win with a decision.
Cortez opinion had made some boxing fans voice out their doubt in his credibility. Some had been bringing up the story of how Mayweather was able to deliver a sucker punch against Ortiz under the watch of Cortez as the referee. Cortez had claimed that he was talking to a boxing official and was unable to see the punch. The only way to find out if Cortez will be right about the Pacquiao versus Algieri fight is to see the fight on November 23 in Macau. Reference: gmanetwork