Manny Pacquiáo will face undefeated American Chris Algieri when he enters the ring to defend his WBO welterweight title in November, it has been announced today.
The fight will take place in Macau, China on November 22 and promoter Bob Arum is confident Pacquiáo is 100 percent ready to challenged his opponent who currently holds an impeccable 20- record.
Algieri gets his chance
Algieri, a former undefeated kickboxing world champion, recently rose to prominence by outpointing the 'Siberian Rocky', Ruslan Provodnikov, to claim the WBO 140-pound strap.
Despite suffering two knockdowns in the opening round, the 30-year-old Huntington, New York resident battled bravely, with a grotesquely swollen right eye, to claim a somewhat contentious split-decision over the ferocious Russian puncher.
Pacquiao's last fight
Manny Pacquiao meanwhile, a gym mate of the aforementioned Provodnikov, was last seen in the ring in April when he comprehensively outpointed Timothy Bradley to regain the title he had lost controversially to the same man in June of 2012.
Early in the fight, Bradley looked well worthy of the crown as he slipped, bobbed, weaved and countered Pacquiao's every attack, before inexplicably changing tactics and looking for the same one punch knockout that Juan Manuel Marquez landed to poleaxe 'Pac Man' in their unforgettable fourth meeting.
The 35-year-old 63 fight veteran took full advantage of Bradley's ridiculous game plan and cruised to a relatively comfortable decision.
The General Santos City superstar has been there and done it in the boxing ring. He boasts world titles in no less than eight weight classes and he has beaten great fighters such as; Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Jorge Solis, David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.
What to expect
All of those unforgettable victories appear to have come at a cost, though. Pacquaio doesn't seem to have the same firepower or killer instinct anymore. The whirlwind attacking phenomenon who annihilated Hatton, De La Hoya and Margarito hasn't been seen for quite some time.
Algieri is a neat and clever boxer, with quick hands, slippery movement and balls of steel. If he can stick to a negative plan and frustrate Pacquiao with niggling combinations from the outside, it isn't inconceivable that he could spring an enormous upset.
Pacquiao, however, is still a world class fighter, even without the nastiness that saw him rise to the summit of the pound-for-pound rankings, and he will more than likely defend his title and pile more pressure onto the shoulders of Floyd Mayweather Jr., who the fans are pressurising to take on the southpaw speedster.
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