Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title against the unbeaten Chris Algieri in Macau on Saturday (22 November).
Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri
Live: Sat, November 22nd, 9:00 PM ET
Where to Watch: Pacquiao v Algieri is available to watch live via Box Nation on Sky channel 437 (490 in HD) and Virgin 546 andp rogramming is scheduled to start at 02:00am Saturday night/Sunday morning with the main event set to follow three undercard fights.
Overview: Somewhat predictably, a prospective meeting between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr has largely dominated the build-up to the Filipino fighter’s showdown with Algieri. The WBO champion has made it clear in no uncertain terms that a long-awaited clash with the five weight world champion is the final goal remaining in his glittering career.
Amid all this, Algieri has taken a back seat. The 30-year-old, who is very much the prototype for the anti-boxer given his middle class background and his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology, sees the odds heavily stacked against him.
In comments which were aimed to undermine Pacquiao rather than New York-born Algieri, Mayweather claimed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s relentless chatter regarding Mayweather v Pacquiao in 2015 was all in aid to drum up sales for Saturday’s showdown.
While Pacquiao v Algieri may lack that box office status, the challenger is expected to provide a stern examination. While his is 20-0 (with eight stoppages) record is impressive in itself, his performance in his last match with Ruslan Provodnikov is what turned heads, after he recovered from two first round knock downs to take a split decision victory over the Russian.
His five inch height advantage over Pacquiao will be something he can exploit in the ring, but this will be his first encounter with someone he himself acknowledges as a future hall of famer.