Pacquiao will face New Yorker Algieri next

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Manny Pacquiao will make the first defense of his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten New Yorker Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau

NOVEMBER BOUT. WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (L) will defend his belt against Chris Algieri (R). Pacquiao photo by Rappler. Algieri photo from his Twitter account

MANILA, Philippines – It’s official: Manny Pacquiao will face New Yorker Chris Algieri on Saturday, November 22 (Sunday PH time) in Macau. reports that WBO welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao will face WBO junior welterweight titleholder at the Venetian Resort in Macau as Pacquiao fights in Asia for the first time since his victory over Brandon Rios in November of 2013.

“We have a deal,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN. “On my end, it wasn’t a hard deal at all. I came up pretty much with what they were looking for and then [Algieri’s promoters Joe Deguardia and Artie Pellulo] had to sit down with Algieri and cut it up fairly amongst themselves.”

Algieri (20-0, 8 knockouts) of Huntington, N.Y. rose from anonymity last month, defeating the heavily favored Ruslan Provodnikov to win a portion of the 140 pound championship. The 30-year-old boxing stylist is also a former world kickboxing champion and obtained his pre-med undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University his masters degree from New York Institute of Technology.

“He’s wants the fight and has no problem going up in weight,” said Algieri’s promoter DeGuardia. “He wants the welterweight championship. He wants challenges. He loves the idea. He wanted to fight for another championship and he loves that he is fighting Manny Pacquiao for it. He looks as Manny as an elite of the game. He wants to climb another mountain. If he wins this fight, you have the start of another era.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it’s believed Algieri will earn more than $1 million – or ten times the $100,000 he made for the split decision win over Provodnikov.

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines has been resurgent since avenging his controversial decision loss to Timothy Bradley with a dominant victory in April. Pacquiao has now won two straight since his sixth-round knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez in December of 2012.

“Manny is 100 percent for it,” Arum said. “I told him I was coming along with it. He said Algieri seems like a nice young man and he saw his fight with Provodnikov. Manny said he thought it would be a good fight and he was OK with fighting Algieri.” –

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