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Arum: Pacquiao-Algieri Being Finalized, Manny Likes It

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

The planned WBO welterweight title defense of Manny Pacquiao against WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri is being finalized for November 22 at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Macau.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard/Viva Sports

“Everything is being finalized. I even talked to Manny this morning (Tuesday in Mania) and everything is fine.”

Arum indicated that  Algieri and his promoter “had a little dispute as to who got what from what we offered but I think they  are getting that resolved tomorrow and then it will be full speed ahead.”

The astute promoter told us "Manny is fine with Algieri who is a very good boxer” and is coming off a twelve round split decision win over former Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov last June 14 despite being dropped twice in the opening round and fighting with his riught eye almost shut over the last few rounds.

Judges Don Trella and Tom Schreck scored the fight for Algieri 114-112 while the third judge Max DeLuca had Provodnikov the winner by a lopsided 117-109.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach criticized the decision claiming Algieri ran from a fight even though the punch stats showed Algieri landed more punches although Provodnikov connected with the more telling blows.

Arum said that Pacquiao had watched Algieri’s last fight against Provodnikov and remarked that the American was “a good boxer but Manny thinks he can handle him.”

He said Pacquiao predicted “a very good fight” and that he likes the fact that Algieri is  college educated and someone who seems like a very nice young man.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by G G G on 07-15-2014

Woooooow... and I thought Lara, being the coward that he is, was a bad PPV opponent. This is just horrible.

Comment by Jordanmfonseca on 07-15-2014

This is why I was confused when Pacquiao signed the extension with Top Rank. They have no fighters for Pacquiao anywhere from 140-147. He could have went the free agent route like Cotto did and fought for both. His name…

Comment by MrRolltide91 on 07-15-2014

maybe they should put this fight on network tv

Comment by SaldanaCC on 07-15-2014

Manny would like it itll be an EASY night wayyyyy to easy but as for his legacy its bad this will be his 4th fight an outta those 4 only 1 is worth anything but we all saw him beat…

Comment by tangalog2200 on 07-15-2014

[QUOTE=gyllespie;14762716]I used to think Manny wasn't as dumb as I thought. I am convinced he really is that dumb. I mean any time you make at least $20 million you're obviously considered successful. But...he can make more than that by…

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