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Chris Algieri likely to have 15 lb weight advantage over Manny Pacquiao this weekend

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The contracted weight may be at 144 lbs, but when Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri steps into the ring, the challenger is likely to have a 15 lb weight advantage.

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The official weigh-ins for the highly anticipated boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri happens at 7:30 am local time in Macau, and while the contracted limit is at a catchweight of 144 lbs, the disparity will be much bigger come fight time. If the coaches' estimates are accurate, the challenger should be heavier by roughly 15 lbs by the time they face off.

"I would say (Chris Algieri would come in the ring) at 158, 157, somewhere around there maybe," trainer Keith Trimble said on Friday morning in Macau, "I wish the bout was at 147, but it is at a catchweight. I don't even know why we're having a catchweight. It's a world title. It's 147 on the dot. If you want to weigh 144, be my guest, but the weight class is 147."

"I'm not sure why they have them," Algieri's other coach Tim Lane retorted, "But I guess they didn't want to have Chris be 'too big' at 160."

As for Pacquiao, he's been an eight-division world champion and has fought with contracted weights as high as 150 lbs, but according to Freddie Roach, Manny is likely to weigh in under the limit once again.

"(He will enter the ring) at about 142, after breakfast, and lunch," Roach states, "Well, this time after breakfast since this will be an early weigh in, so we will only have time for one meal."

"He's been in the '30s a couple of times in camp already," he continues, "I tried to send him home a couple of times already, but that's impossible. So I just make adjustments in the workouts, to make it lighter when he gets too low in weight. Then I tell him to go home and have a good steak."

Apart from the weight, Algieri will also have a 5-inch reach advantage and will be 4-inches taller than Pacquiao. That being said, Manny has routinely fought larger men throughout the years, most notably Antonio Margarito who reportedly fought at 165 lbs.

Having advantages in reach, height and weight is surely going to be a nice thing for Algieri to have, but will it be enough of a factor to help him score an upset over the legendary boxer? I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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