In the aftermath of Chris Algieri’s bout against eight division and current WBO welterweight World champion, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, many questioned the strategy of Algieri’s trainer, Tim Lane. Could he have switched things up, or at least have had some kind of plan B in place for his charge?
Pacquiao absolutely dismissed Chris Algieri as any threat whatsoever and Tim Lane was STILL sticking to his so called ‘Game Plan’ to get Algieri into the late rounds to allow Algieri to KNOCK OUT a hopefully tiring Manny Pacquaio. Pacquiao did seem to be blowing hard towards the end of the 3rd round and breathing with his mouth wide open, and for a second I thought “Maybe there is something in this plan to get Manny tired at his age and after all the wars ‘Pacman’ has endured.”
Well, this didn’t come to fruition for Tim Lane and Team Algieri. The question now is, was there anything that Lane could have done earlier in the bout to change things up?
YouTube video for Tim Lane’s comments during the fight to Algieri and to Max Kellerman
It will always be a tough task to face off against a fighter with the output Manny Pacquiao has and hand speed, and I guess Lane and Algieri’s team really believed that Chris could evade many of the numerous shots ‘Pacman’ unleashed, every single minute of each round. But the fight itself was embarrassing to watch and I for one felt sorry for Chris Algieri. Tim Lane certainly had no ‘Plan B’
As a trainer in this sport you MUST always have a backup plan in any fight. You CANNOT solely rely on what you HOPE will be successful, especially against a Pound For Pound legend in the shape of Manny Pacquiao. It was always going to be tough for Algieri, (even against a somewhat diminished Pacquiao) ‘Pacman’ had clearly not declined enough for Tim Lane’s plan to come off.
What could and should have Tim Lane had set in place for Chris Algieri if the fight unfolded the way it actually did? Was it a good idea to let ‘Pacman’ fire off all of his shots while Algieri back peddled in HOPE that Pacquiao tired, and allowed Algieri to get the late KO or the TKO?
I don’t want to be harsh on Tim Lane or Team Algieri but when Max Kellerman was interviewing Tim Lane in the Algieri corner mid way through round 9, Lane said to Kellerman “I’ve got him in the cage right now, I’m gonna let him go in a round or two, he’s gonna put him(Pacquiao) to sleep in a minute,” then BANG, Pacquiao decked Algieri once more. As I said I don’t want to be harsh, but that was one of the most well timed corner interviews and comments from a trainer that HBO have ever conducted and it was pinnacle moment of a game plan, gone wrong.
It was always going to be tough regardless of what plan Tim Lane gave to Algieri (and I give credit to Algieri for sticking to the plan and having faith in Tim Lane) but what could Lane have actually done differently to change the course of the bout and the way it was heading? Fair enough if you are going to try and knock ‘Pacman’ out, but with Algieri’s seemingly lack of any power at all, I think it was really short minded to wait until the 10/11th round to “Let him out the cage.”
Could and SHOULD Tim Lane have switched his plan after seeing what was taking place? Did Lane have the capability to switch his plan mid fight? I would honestly think a game plan centered more on counter punching Pacquiao and turning him behind good movement and a jab would of been more effective than simply running for the majority of the bout. If Algieri had a higher punch output to go along with the movement, he might of done better than the 120-102 scores indicated.
One has to wonder where Algieri goes from here, he not only lost his undefeated record, but also his WBO light welterweight title before he even stepped into the ring with Pacquiao. In the 140lb division Algieri still has a height and reach advantage over most fighters, and would it would be interesting to see what fights he gets now.
Algieri did show toughness in back to back fights to overcome knock downs to survive to the end, and if fights with other top junior welterweights such as Adrien Broner or Lucas Matthysse could be very interesting, so even though the game plan failed at the highest level, it appears there is a future for Chris Algieri, just as long as he finds a new trainer.