Listed as a 16-1 underdog, the 30-year-old Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) will scrap the 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) on November 23 at the Venetian Casino & Resort in Macau, China.
“(Algieri) barely has a chance to win,” said Márquez, 40, who famously rendered Pacquiao unconscious in December 2012.
“Algieri is strong and he’s durable. He also has boxing ability, as he’s shown against Ruslan Provodnikov. But, he doesn’t have the style to beat Pacquiao, who has great speed and power. I believe that Pacquiao can win by knockout.”
Algieri earned the WBO junior welterweight belt by winning a debatable split decision over the 30-year-old Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) on June 14.
A merciless assaulter with cement fists and a granite chin, the Russian badass floored Algieri twice in the opening round.
Oozing confidence and performing in peak condition, Provodnikov badly defaced Algieri and the undefeated challenger quickly developed a grotesquely swollen, bloody and closed right eye.
However, displaying remarkable testicular fortitude, Algieri endured and managed to outbox the “Siberian Rocky.”
Employing deft footwork and an effective jab, the 5-foot-11 Algieri kept the 5-foot-6 Provodnikov at an honest distance following the first four frames.
Granted, many onlookers thought Provodnikov deserved to prevail.
Regardless, pugilism is highly subjective and it’s understandable that other spectators believe Algieri was the rightful victor.
Comparatively, an eight-division world champ, Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) captured the WBO welterweight title in April after universally outscoring Timothy Bradley.
Pac-Man officially trumped the 30-year-old Bradley (31-1-0-1, 12 KOs) by counts of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.
Showcasing elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, an extremely aggressive Pacquiao used his southpaw stance to pepper Bradley with straight left hands.
The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA was periodically careless and even borderline reckless.
Fortunately for the Filipino icon, Bradley possesses feathery fists and was incapable of seriously hurting Pacquiao.
Bradley, who claimed to suffer a right calf injury in the first round, is quick, tough and gutsy.
Battling like a man possessed, Bradley landed hard body shots and tried to will himself to greatness.
Nevertheless, supremely prepared for this sequel, Pacquiao again proved to be too dominant for “Desert Storm.”
A stouthearted and ballsy New Yorker, Algieri is a valid and formidable adversary.
Still, despite yielding approximately four inches, the 5-foot-7 Pacquiao has long thrived against larger opponents and Algieri won’t be an exception.
As predicted by Juan Manuel Márquez, expect Manny Pacquiao to use “great speed and power” to “win by knockout” this autumn in the Far East.