By Jake Donovan

Manny Pacquiao is recognized as the face of HBO Boxing. This much has been evident through his years on the network, and the commit to showcase the international superstar in his 10th appearance on its award-winning 24/7 series for his upcoming Nov. 22 clash with Chris Algieri in Macau.

All parties involved also had the sense to realize that—sometimes¬—there can be too much of a good thing. With that in mind, the executive decision was made by the network to condense its upcoming edition of the reality series into one 30-minute segment.

The episode will premiere on November 8, and will run throughout the month leading up to the fight.

“We recognize that Manny Pacquiao has been featured nine times on 24/7,” said Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports.  “We want the show to continue to evolve and develop new storylines.”

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38KOs) made his 24/7 debut in 2008, serving as the B-side of his eventual one-sided upset and retiring of Oscar de la Hoya. The series was created some 18 months prior, dedicated to another big de la Hoya fight, his 154 lb. title loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who would go on to star in a total of seven four-episode series ending with his May ’12 win over Miguel Cotto before going over to Showtime in 2013.

The Nov. 8 airing of 24/7 Pacquiao/Algieri will mark Pacquiao’s 10th appearance on the series, far more than any other fighter. Through 30-plus episodes featuring his brand, came the fear that there was little left to discuss that hasn’t already been showcased.

From there came the call to change up format for the final edition of 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley II, which aired as a segment hosted by HBO color commentator Jim Lampley rather than the documentary-style shooting normally accompanying the series.

24/7 Pacquiao/Algieri will be shown in the original template—complete with narration from Liev Schreiber, literally the voice of the series—but now packaged into one action-packed episode.

We feel we have an opportunity at producing something special with the 24/7 dedicated to Pacquiao and Algieri,” notes Bernstein. “Classic underdog versus defending world champion setting.”

Algieri (20-0, 8KO) makes his first appearance on the series. The unbeaten New Yorker earned the Pacquiao fight following a 12-round upset win over Ruslan Provodnikov in June, claiming a belt in the 140 lb. division, which will not be at stake for this fight.

Pacquiao comes in having won two straight, including a revenge-fueled win over Bradley in their rematch in April. The win allowed Pacquiao to regain his welterweight belt in the process, having reigned as a titlist in the division for more than 2 ½ years before suffering a highly controversial loss to Bradley when they first met in June ’12.

The majority of the coverage for the show will take place prior to both fighters traveling to Macau, where the November 22 fight will air live (which will be Sunday morning, Nov. 23 in real time on location) on HBO PPV.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox