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 Last update:  7/15/2014       Read more by Mark Whicker         
   
Arum on Pacquiao-Algieri Promotion, Eyes Cotto-Canelo
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By Mark Whicker

Bob Arum said Tuesday he plans to promote Chris Algieri as "the modern-day Gene Tunney" when Algieri meets Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 22, in Macau.

First, the Top Rank chief might have to remind people who Tunney was.

Tunney was heavyweight champion from 1926-28 and was most famous for two victories over Jack Dempsey, one of which came in the "Long Count" fight of 1927. Beyond that, Tunney was a friend of playwright George Bernard Shaw and delivered lectures on William Shakespeare at Yale.

Algieri has a master's degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in health science. But he didn't take the cautious approach to his own health against Ruslan Provodnikov, comine back to win  a decision after taking a first-round beating that included a shot to his eye.

That put him in line to meet Pacquiao.

"That's how we're going to present this fight over here," Arum told BoxingScene of the Tunney parallels. "Obviously most of the business will be done on that side of the world, and Zou Shimming (the 2-time Olympic gold medalist from China) will be going for a title on that card."

Arum said the November card will be the first test of China's ability to sustain pay-per-view boxing business.

"The foundation is in place," Arum said. "We've put in weekly boxing programs in China and  we'll see what happens from there."

Elsewhere, Arum took note of Canelo Alvarez's close victory over Erislandy Lara Saturday and is fully on board with a match with Miguel Cotto.

"We're very interested in making that happen," Arum said. "it's a case of sensible people coming to a meeting of the minds."

Referring, of course, to the fact that Arum would be dealing with Oscar De La Hoya and not former Golden Boy president Richard Schaefer.

Canelo has a date in November and Cotto in December, so Arum said a possible Cotto-Canelo matchup would not happen until 2015.

Mark Whicker has been a sports columnist in Southern California for 27 years.

Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Bob Arum , Chris Algieri , Pacquiao-Algieri , Pacquiao vs. Algieri



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comment by Puya, on 07-16-2014
[QUOTE=jinx_htx]Bob arum didn't have golden boy co-promote cotto vs. martinez so what in the world does bob arum have to do with cotto vs canelo. And who said cotto is the a side of this matchup? Canelo is definitely the a-side. If dlh lets bob arum in on the cotto vs canelo promotion that wou...

comment by FloydvsPac, on 07-16-2014
This is such a garbage fight. I've only seen Algieri in the ring and he looked lanky and awkward. [U]But when you google image this goofball, the photos make him look like a model!![/U] I can only imagine his looks were a big factor in accepting this fight in terms of marketability. What a sham!

comment by IR0NFIST, on 07-16-2014
[QUOTE=ox805er]especially when the decline in Paquiao has been noticeable.. could be the steroids and they're trying to cash out on the popularity.. I'm not saying mayweather is still a the top of his game.. just saying Paquiao has declined more..[/QUOTE] I think it's from all the wars that Pa...

comment by jinx_htx, on 07-16-2014
Bob arum didn't have golden boy co-promote cotto vs. martinez so what in the world does bob arum have to do with cotto vs canelo. And who said cotto is the a side of this matchup? Canelo is definitely the a-side. If dlh lets bob arum in on the cotto vs canelo promotion that would just prove th...

comment by Evol, on 07-16-2014
[QUOTE=ox805er]especially when the decline in Paquiao has been noticeable.. could be the steroids and they're trying to cash out on the popularity.. I'm not saying mayweather is still a the top of his game.. just saying Paquiao has declined more..[/QUOTE] please stop it with the steriods talk....

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