WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will make his first defence since regaining the title from Tim Bradley when the Filipino great opposes American Chris Algieri on November 22 in Macao, China.
The 35 year-old put on an impressive display in April to out-point Bradley, avenging his controversial defeat to ‘Desert Storm’ in June 2012. After much debate over who would be next in line, Algieri is set to step up from his position as light-welterweight title holder to battle the ‘Pacman’ on Asian soil.
Algieri, 30, ended Ruslan Provodnikov’s hopes of fighting Pacquiao on the date in question when the New Yorker stunned the hard-hitting Russian to take his WBO 140lb crown at the Barclays Center on June 14. And despite Bob Arum holding out for a potential bout against a Golden Boy fighter for Pacquiao, Algieri was eventually the only choice for Top Rank and will now hope to make an even bigger name for himself at the end of the year.
Co-promoter of Algieri, Joe DeGuardia confirmed the news to WBN on Wednesday as his undefeated charge gears up for the chance of a lifetime against one of the greatest fighters of this generation.
“I confirm that we’ve reached an agreement amongst all parties,” DeGuardia exclusively told World Boxing News.
“We are awaiting the final paperwork today from Top Rank and I look forward to an exciting fight on November 22
Pacquiao is fast running out of opponents since his win over Bradley, followed by the reluctance of Juan Manuel Marquez to engage in a fifth encounter – with the ‘Pacman’ still as far away as ever from a mega-match with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Undercard news will be announced shortly.
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