Pacquiao Thrashes Algieri ; Edgar Takes Swanson in 5th

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Manny Pacquiao dominates Algieri

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Pacquiao Demolishes Algieri

Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri by unanimous decision to retain his WBO world welterweight title.

Pacquiao Wins Lopsided Unanimous Decision
The great Manny Pacquiao did everything he could possibly do against Chris Algieri other than get a knockout in a one-sided thrashing to retain his welterweight world title.

Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division titleholder, scored six knockdowns and dominated virtually every minute of the fight to win a lopsided unanimous decision before a sold-out crowd
of 13,201 on Sunday at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macau. Now the only question remaining in his legendary career is whether he will ever get fellow welterweight champion and
pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. to agree to fight him after years of the biggest fight in boxing going unmade, mainly due to Mayweather’s reluctance.

“The people deserve that fight. The fans deserve that fight,” Pacquiao said at the post-fight news conference. “It’s time to make that fight happen. It’s been a long time. I want that
fight. They’re always denying the fight. I think the fight has to happen.”

Coming into the fight with Algieri, there were many questioning where Pacquiao’s once-devastating power had gone in recent years because, after a series of crushing knockouts as he
moved up the scale, he had not scored one in eight consecutive fights since a 12th-round knockout of Miguel Cotto in November 2009 to win a welterweight title for the first time.

Make that nine in a row now, as the knockout drought continued despite Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, predicting an early knockout, even saying at one point that it
would be in the first round.

That didn’t come close to happening, but Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) laid a beating on huge underdog Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), a junior welterweight titlist who moved up to meet him at a
catch weight of 144 pounds. The judges all had it by lopsided decision for Pacquiao, 120-102, 119-103 and 119-103. ESPN.com also had it a shutout for Pacquiao, 120-102.

“Yes. I am looking for a knockout but he is fast and moving, so it’s hard to get Chris,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao’s speed advantage was obvious from the opening moments of the fight. He had an easy first round, landing a good straight left hand down the middle and momentarily wobbling
Algieri with a right hook.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao, the icon of the Philippines, where he is also a congressman and professional basketball player and coach, connected with a right hook in the second round that
began to swell Algieri’s left eye. He also landed a left hand that forced Algieri back to a corner, where he slipped on a wet spot. It was ruled a knockdown by referee Geno Rodriguez.

Pacquiao was landing almost at will. He dished out punishment in the fourth round, landing a hard uppercut, lefts to the body and lefts to the head.

Algieri landed some decent straight right hands during the fight, but they had little on them. Algieri was also warned for a low blow in the fifth round.

“I knew he would come on strong,” Algieri said. “I had a feeling he would try to blast me out of there just because I’m not used to the big stage. Manny is the best in the world at
fighting like Manny Pacquiao. That’s really what it is. His style, he has so much experience. He’s perfected fighting like Manny Pacquiao.

“The plan was to get to the later rounds without taking too much damage, step up the pace and land shots that would hurt him. If the knockout came, it came. We weren’t specifically
looking for the knockout, but we were looking to put some damage on the guy.”

He never did, and it was Pacquiao putting damage on him. He found his power in the sixth round, knocking Algieri down twice. First, it was a left hand that had Algieri stumbling and
then hitting the deck. Then, Pacquiao landed a clean right hand on the chin for the second knockdown.

Pacquiao, who made more than $20 million, scored two more knockdowns in the ninth round, one on a blistering straight left hand that sent Algieri hard to the canvas.

“I sat down on a left hook and he caught me with a great shot,” said Algieri, who made a career-high $1.675 million (a big raise from his last purse, then a career-high $100,000).
“That was really the only shot that hurt me. I had my legs when I got up but I knew he would come with an onslaught.”

Indeed, Pacquiao did come with an onslaught, dropping Algieri again moments later after a series of punches sent him to a knee.

In the 10th round, Pacquiao notched his sixth knockdown of the fight, dropping Algieri with a right hook-straight left combination.

Despite the shellacking, Algieri’s trainer, Tim Lane, was talking oddly in the corner after the round, telling Algieri they had Pacquiao where they wanted him. He should have been
thinking about stopping the fight.

Despite not getting a knockout, Pacquiao said his power is still there.

“We improved our strength, we do more training, we started early in our training camp so I was very confident I would win the fight, and I’m in shape,” he said.

Pacquiao landed 229 of 669 punches (34 percent), according to CompuBox punch statistics, while Algieri connected on only 108 of 469 blows (23 percent), few of which had any serious
snap on them.

“I did my best. Of course, I am satisfied with my performance,” said Pacquiao, who retained his title for the first time since regaining it from Timothy Bradley Jr. in April in a
rematch of Bradley’s hugely controversial split decision win in 2012. “I came to fight. I did my best. I think that’s enough.”

Algieri had come out of nowhere in June to win a controversial split decision and a 140-pound world title from Ruslan Provodnikov as he survived two first-round knockdowns and a badly
swollen right eye. Provodnikov was going to be Pacquiao’s opponent, but when he lost, Algieri got the call.

Pacquiao, 35, retained his title for the first time since regaining it from Timothy Bradley Jr. in April
Knockout or not, Algieri, 30, of Huntington, New York, gave Pacquiao credit for the way he fought.

“It’s not so much the punching power, to tell you the truth, it’s how he mixes the punches up,” said Algieri, a former kickboxer with a master’s degree. “He has a very, very distinct
and unique style that he has perfected. Manny Pacquiao is a hell of a fighter.”

Yes, he is, but will he ever get Mayweather?

A few days before the fight, athletic apparel retailer Foot Locker released a humorous commercial featuring Pacquiao in which he riffs on the fight having not yet happened. At one
point, Pacquiao misunderstands two other boxers in the gym and, believing they said Mayweather was going to fight him, Pacquiao begins to celebrate wildly in the ring and yells over
and over, “He’s going to fight me! He’s going to fight me!”

There are signs that the fight is closer to happening than at any time since the original negotiations fell apart in early 2010. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum insists there are fruitful
talks behind the scenes to bring together Showtime, which has Mayweather under contract, and HBO, which has a contract with Pacquiao, for a joint pay-per-view event.

“We’re tired. Everywhere we go they ask when is it going to happen? When are they going to fight,” Arum said. “I say enough is enough. Just make the fight happen. Let’s get it done and
let’s get it done the next fight for each fighter, sometime in the first six months of next year.”

Although Pacquiao is on board with the fight, and the networks might very well be able to make a deal, there has been no word from Mayweather, whose reluctance to face Pacquiao has
been obvious for the past couple of years.

After the win against Algieri, HBO’s Max Kellerman asked Pacquiao about the fight.

Pacquiao immediately launched into his commercial mode.

“He is going to fight me? Yes! Yes!” Pacquiao joked.

All joking aside, one can only hope Mayweather will face him. There is nothing left for either of them to prove, and no other fight the public wants from either.
Dan Rafael
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edgar vs swanson

Edgar finishes Swanson in Round 5
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

AUSTIN, Texas — Frankie Edgar might not leave this state with a guaranteed UFC title shot, but he made one heck of a compelling case for one.

Edgar (18-4-1) completely throttled Cub Swanson in a five-round non-title fight before a crowd of 10,131 inside Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, eventually securing a neck crank at 4:56
of the final round. Referee Dan Miragliotta called the 145-pound bout after a Swanson tap, with just 4 seconds remaining. It is the latest finish in UFC history.

Swanson (21-6), who hadn’t lost in six consecutive fights and said he’d been promised a title shot by the UFC with a win, was helpless off his back against Edgar. Immediate cageside
stats by Fightmetric had Edgar outlanding Swanson in total strikes 281 to 79, most of which came on the ground.

After the result, Edgar promised more of the same at 145 pounds. He is 3-0 in the division since coming up short in a featherweight title bid against Jose Aldo in February 2013.

“Dana [White], you said you’d be watching,” Edgar said. “I hope you liked what you saw. I’m coming for that belt. All those people doubting me: This is just the beginning.”

“It should be me,” Edgar said of the title shot. “Based on our performance and what I’ve done in my career, it should be me.”

The first round was the only competitive frame of the fight. Swanson defended Edgar’s early attempts to take him down and landed a few boxing combinations. He sent Edgar backward with
a wide right hand later in the round and came aggressively forward, only to be taken down. Swanson managed to rise up quickly, however, and land his lead right hand. Two of the three
judges scoring the fight awarded Swanson the first round.

Edgar would not be denied the takedown the rest of the fight. He took Swanson down in the opening minute of rounds two through four, suffocating him from top position and opening
facial cuts with elbows and punches. Swanson grew increasingly desperate as the fight progressed, loading up on home run shots at the beginning of rounds, only to be taken down.

The finish came after a round that saw Swanson alternate from surrendering his back to giving Edgar full mount. With the action pressed up near the cage, Edgar took Swanson’s back,
dropped his right arm under the chin and produced the UFC-record-setting tap. It is just the fourth submission win of Edgar’s career and ninth finish overall.

“Cub was a tough dude,” Edgar said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy getting him out of there. I want to finish fights. I’m working on it. I pushed for it. It came at the very end,
but I still got it.”

Edgar adds nearly 25 minutes to his already long history in the Octagon. The former lightweight champion entered the fight with 4:45:25 of total fight time in the UFC, tops among
active fighters.

In addition to the work on the ground, Edgar utilized his boxing and head movement on the feet. He answered an outside leg kick in the second round with a big right cross. In the
third, after absorbing a hard left kick to the body, Edgar ducked under a right hand and scored a takedown.

It was a beautiful performance to follow up an equally dominant win over B.J. Penn in his last bout, at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale in July. Edgar won that bout via TKO in the
third.

The 33-year-old Edgar will compete with Irish sensation Conor McGregor for the next featherweight title shot. McGregor (16-2) is scheduled to fight Dennis Siver on Jan. 18 in Boston.

“It’s not my job to make the fights,” Edgar said of the matchup. “My opinion on it, I don’t know who else was there for him to fight. I think everybody wants to see him fight a
wrestler. There is still some unknown about him, but he’s been doing everything he’s supposed to do. Dennis Siver is not an easy fight by any means, but it’s not the matchup everybody
wants.”

Barboza strikes his way to victory

Edson Barboza landed a few shots even Bobby Green couldn’t shake his head at.

Edson Barboza, right, put on a striking clinic in earning a unanimous decision over Bobby Green.
Barboza (15-2) earned a big win in the lightweight division, knocking off Green (23-6) via a clear-cut unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout a dominant 30-27 for
Barboza.

“I trained so hard for this fight. You have not seen the best of [me] yet, but you’ll see him soon,” Barboza said.

“[Green] did a lot of taunting, but I am used to it, it wasn’t a problem. It was a good, hard fight. I worked hard to prepare and it paid off.”

The loss snapped an eight-fight winning streak for Green, who is known for fighting with his hands down and shaking his heads after eluding shots. He did both against Barboza, but
couldn’t shrug off shots in the second round, including a spinning kick to the head that nearly knocked him out.

Barboza fought a calculated, smart fight on the feet. He went to work on Green with his signature leg kicks in the first round and bloodied his mouth in the opening minute with
punches.

He caught Green with a clean right hand counter early in the second round. As Green, stunned, backed off from the punch, Barboza lit into him with a wheel kick that knocked him to the
floor. Green bounced up quickly and eventually smiled, while Barboza maintained discipline and went back on the attack with leg kicks.

Green showed heart and continued to move forward and look for openings. He spent most of the final round chasing Barboza, though, after he opened a cut near the Brazilian’s right eye
with jabs. With 10 seconds remaining in the fight, Barboza couldn’t help himself from smiling and lifting his arms in celebration.

Barboza has now won five of his past six fights. His only loss during that streak came via submission to Donald Cerrone in April. Green, 28, suffers his first UFC loss. He is 4-1 in
the Octagon.

Camus edges past Pickett

Chico Camus picked up his first win as a flyweight in the form of a split decision against Brad Pickett.

Chico Camus, right, proved too versatile for Brad Pickett.
The former 135-pounder stayed light on his feet, worked his boxing and defended Pickett’s takedowns en route to a win on the scorecards.

Judges Marcos Rosales and Anthony Townsend scored the 125-pound bout 29-28 in favor of Camus, while judge Jon Schorle saw it completely different at 30-27 for Pickett. ESPN.com scored
the fight 29-28, Camus.

“It feels great. He was a tough opponent, but it felt great to beat him,” Camus said. “He’s a top contender so I’m very satisfied with my performance. “My confidence and being prepared
is what helped me win. Going hard in the gym and not taking any days off. The confidence and the swag, the same things that I do in the gym every day, I did today.”

Speed was a difference-maker for Camus (15-5), as he utilized the space in the cage and kept Pickett guessing with crisp in-and-out movement. His boxing was far more effective than
Pickett’s, and he caught the American Top Team product square with jabs and right hands throughout the 15-minute bout. He landed a nifty flying knee up the middle early in the fight.

Pickett, also a former bantamweight, did his best to neutralize Camus by putting him on the ground, but most of his efforts to do so came up empty. Immediate cageside stats from
Fightmetric showed Pickett (24-10) went 2-for-8 on takedown attempts and was out-struck in the bout 98-to-111.

The Austin crowd grew restless in the third round, when Camus spent most of the five minutes circling away from Pickett, using the fence to defend takedowns and popping out a defensive
jab. Pickett grew irritated by the strategy, but couldn’t effectively close distance to turn the tide.

Camus moves to 4-2 overall in the Octagon. Pickett, 36, loses back-to-back fights for just the second time in his career. The first time it happened came in 2007.

Oleinik knocks out Rosholt

Alexey Oleinik shocked Jared Rosholt in a first-round knockout, courtesy of a left hook.

Alexey Oleinik, facing, proved he can end matters if necessary by knocking out Jared Rosholt.
Olenik (50-9-1) weathered an early barrage and landed a picture-perfect shot in the pocket to score his second win in the UFC. Referee Kerry Hatley stopped the heavyweight bout at
3:21.

It was a stunning result, as the Russian is far better known for his submission skills than any knockout résumé. It is only the fifth knockout win of Olenik’s career, compared to 40
via submission.

Rosholt (11-2) came out of the gates hard. He spun Olenik, 37, into the fence in the opening moments and landed a few uppercuts up the middle. As Olenik covered up, Rosholt poured it
on with dirty boxing in tight, but couldn’t quite land the right shot to put him away.

After blocking several shots, Olenik came off the cage with a takedown attempt, which Rosholt sprawled on and turned into a front-headlock. The two heavyweights played the hand-down
game for a bit, with Olenik keeping his left hand on the mat to prevent Rosholt from throwing a knee to the head. Rosholt eventually gave the hold up. Olenik landed the left hook
moments later.

Rosholt, 28, sees a seven-fight win streak snapped. He had won three consecutive decisions to start his UFC career, over Walt Harris, Daniel Omielanczuk and Soa Palelei. Olenik
continues to roll, collecting his 11th consecutive win dating back to March 2012.

Benavidez beats Ortiz to the punch

Joseph Benavidez steamrolled another flyweight, although Dustin Ortiz ultimately denied him a finish in a three-round fight.

Joseph Benavidez, right, proved too active and too accurate for Dustin Ortiz.
Benavidez (21-4) hammered Ortiz with numerous right hands and kicks to the head, but was unable to hand the 25-year-old his first knockout loss. It was a dominant performance
nevertheless by the two-time UFC title challenger. All three judges scored it a sweep for Benavidez, 30-27.

“Dustin is a tough guy, he’s super tough,” Benavidez said. “I caught him with some good elbows and he kept going. I was looking forward to going to the ground, I had some good
takedowns, but he had good defense and kept fighting his way out.

“I hit him with some good punches and I kind of expected him to go down and he didn’t, that was part of what made it fun out there. We kind of mixed into everywhere, it wasn’t just a
standup or just a grapple. You kind of learn about yourself going through the adversity.

The right hand over the top was one of many weapons for Benavidez, but it might have been his most effective. He countered Ortiz’s pressure well start to finish, landing the right hand
again and again at the end of combinations.

Ortiz (14-4) responded with a near-inhuman durability, though. He ate Benavidez’s best shots and continued to come forward, at one point even stunning him a bit with a left hook.

The closest Benavidez came to a finish was in the second round. After a fast start that saw him bullrush Oritz with winging punches, Benavidez landed a left head kick flush that
appeared to finally hurt his iron-chinned opponent. Benavidez pursued with punches but Oritz recovered quickly and scored a takedown moments later, after ducking under a Benavidez left
hook.

Perhaps tired from all the early offense, Benavidez’s pace slowed a bit in the final round. He still managed to land the cleaner shots in exchanges, however, and defend Ortiz takedown
attempts. He nearly picked Ortiz up and slammed him to the canvas early in the round, but Ortiz regained his balance and fought it off.

Benavidez moves to 2-0 since a first-round KO loss to current champion Demetrious Johnson. ESPN.com ranks him the No. 2 flyweight in the world. Ortiz, who fights out of Roufusport in
Milwaukee, drops to 3-2 in the UFC. His past four bouts have gone the distance.

Wiman returns with win

In his first appearance in nearly two years, lightweight Matt Wiman won a battle in the trenches against the scrappy Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

Wiman (16-7), who had not fought since January 2013, stood up to Vallie-Flagg’s pressure and owned him on the floor en route to a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight
for Wiman by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Matt Wiman, back, did his best work on the floor to earn a decision over Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

I’m very happy. It’s good to be back to work; it was a great experience,” Wiman said. “I was nervous, but I guess when you have a long layoff, you tend to be more nervous.

“I wanted to fight Isaac because he is aggressive, he comes forward and doesn’t slow down. He’s a brawler and a tough guy and was a really tough opponent.”

The action was fairly even on the feet, but Wiman held a clear advantage on the ground. He took Vallie-Flagg’s back in each of the three rounds and nearly secured an armbar in the
first.

Vallie-Flagg (14-6-1) forced a phone boot-type range throughout the 15 minutes. He repeatedly clinched with Wiman and pushed him to the fence, throwing right hands to the body and
elbows up top. He was successful at times, but ate his share of shots as well. Wiman scored with elbows and knees and eventually worked several takedowns.

The third round was all Wiman, as he proved to be more physical late. Despite the layoff, his cardio was on point and he put Vallie-Flagg on his heels. He took Vallie-Flagg’s back in a
scramble with about 2 minutes remaining. A rear-naked choke never came, but Wiman stayed in the position the rest of the fight.

Wiman, who trains on his own out of Portland, Oregon, earns his first victory since September 2012. Vallie-Flag suffers his third consecutive defeat.

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