MACAU – Manny Pacquiao scored six official knockdowns on Chris Algieri en route to a one-sided victory on Sunday, November 23 at The Venetian in Macau, China.
The scores were 119-103 on two cards and 120-102 on the third as Pacquiao wins his third straight fight since sustaining back-to-back losses in 2012 against Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 knockouts), who retained his WBO welterweight title, showed little respect for the previously unbeaten Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), barging through the mobile New Yorker’s light jabs to land his own southpaw left cross and right hooks.
Pacquiao, 35, of General Santos City, Philippines scored the first knockdown of the first in round two as Algieri backed up from a combination and his legs gave way. Replays showed that Algieri had slipped on a wet spot.
Further knockdowns were more conclusive, as Pacquiao’s left crosses caught up to the constant moving of Algieri, dropping him twice in the sixth.
Algieri, who rose to prominence earlier this year with an upset win over Ruslan Provodnikov, showed his championship heart, coming back from that beating to start the seventh aggressively.
But Pacquiao, hungry for his first knockout win since 2009, continued to bury Algieri in a hole, knocking him down two more times in a violent ninth stanza and once more in the tenth before surviving to hear the final bell.
The victory closes out a 2014 campaign for Pacquiao that saw him defeat two unbeaten fighters in succession after he turned the tables on Bradley in April to avenge an earlier points loss.