Pacquiao to fight undefeated Chris Algieri on November 22
Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will fight American Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22 at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
The Filipino southpaw will defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title against the undefeated New Yorker.
The 35-year-old lost the WBO title to Timothy Bradley in June 2012, but avenged the defeat in April this year to become the world champion again.
“We have a deal. On my end, it wasn’t a hard deal at all,” confirmed Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum.
The 30-year-old Algieri, a former kick-boxer, won the WBO light-welterweight title last month by a split decision against Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov. Now will be moving up in weight from 140 to challenge Pacquiao.
“Manny is 100% for it,” Arum added. “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.”
“I wanted this fight," said Algieri. "This will change my life once again, and I welcome the future.”
His promoter Joe DeGuardia added: “We have a deal. We’ve come to an agreement on all terms and with all parties and now, we’re just waiting to paper it up. And we’re looking forward to the fight."