New Yorker Dominick Algieri built his own six-bedroom home, so he possesses the smarts, patience and optimism to finish a hard job in the name of his family.
Those same attributes are at play within the man Dominick raised to fight Manny Pacquiao this Saturday.
Chris Algieri, the 20-0 junior-welterweight world champion who’ll fight for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight belt Saturday night (U.S. time) in Macao, China, landed the bout by out-boxing Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov in June.
He’s now banking on his own smarts, patience and a tireless training camp to upset the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
“Don’t get me wrong … we know it’s a big thing, but it’s just another fight to us,” Dominick Algieri told the Los Angeles Times during a flight layover in Taiwan en route to Macao on Tuesday morning. “We’re all very humble. Fame is not an issue. I raised them to think, ‘Do what you want to do, do it the best you can.’ ”
Over and over, Chris Algieri, 30, has been pointed to as one of the most positive, confident athletes in the sport, and his last fight displayed those elements. The ambidextrous fighter got off the canvas twice in the first round and out-boxed Provodnikov to win the belt by split-decision.
In recent weeks, he’s been congratulated and called “champ” by both Mike Tyson and Sylvester Stallone, who’ll attend the Macao fight of the modern-day “Rocky.”
The Provodnikov knockdowns “didn’t faze him, he said the blood pressure never went up … said he knew from the minute he walked into that ring he knew he was going to win,” Dominick Algieri said.
“We always told him if you’re going to do something, do it right, the best you can. I pushed that on my kids, and they’re the same way.”
Trials and tribulations? Chris Algieri experienced those, failing in swimming and football as a youth athlete before turning to karate, kickboxing and now the sweet science.
“Take ‘em in stride,” his dad told him.
The Pacquiao fight could be the ultimate test of the teachings.
“It’s true for his whole life … he’s dedicated no matter what,” Dominick Algieri said, crediting wife Adriana’s own devotion to make a life in the U.S. after arriving from Argentina at age 11.
“Might have something to do with his Italian upbringing, too.”
Algieri still lives in the Greenlawn, N.Y., home Dominick Algieri built in 1976, in the basement. And he still drives the same 2001 Honda Accord he’s had for years. The mileage is up to 191,000.
“We don’t want him to ever leave,” Dominick Algieri said. “I’m sure he will, but he can stay for as long as he wants.
“I have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to win, and he feels the same way. The Russian hit harder. Manny is faster. My son’s going to out-box him.”