Manny Pacquiao makes his return to the ring on Nov. 22 against opponent American Chris Algieri in Macau, but defending his WBO welterweight title will not be straight forward for the Filipino.
Since falling to a crushing defeat against Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, Pacquiao has won his last two fights against Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley.
His opponent Algieri won the WBO light welterweight title by beating Ruslan Provodnikov in a split-decision bout in June and is unbeaten in his 20 professional fights.
Here are the key statistics ahead of the fight:
Record 56-5-2 (38 KO) 20-0 (8 KO)
Age 35 30
Height 5'6 5'10
Reach 67" 72"
Weight (last fight) 145 140
A few years ago, this fight would have been seen as a walkover for Pacquiao on paper, but in recent years, the Filipino's star has waned somewhat.
The defeat to Marquez showed the world that Pacquiao was more than beatable, and at the age of 35, Manny has lost some of the ferocity in his whirlwind technique. For years, the best form of defence for Pacquiao was a good offence, but even in his declining years, he still has enough tricks up his sleeve to see off his relatively green opponent.
Algieri's height advantage is one of the key factors in this bout and that is Pacquiao gives away four inches in height and five inches in reach to Algieri, which should allow the American to maneuver his opponent around the ring.
To prepare for this, Pacman has been sparring with welterweights Viktor Postol and Mike Jones, per Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook, with trainer Freddie Roach confident the duo are preparing his man well: "Mike Jones is a big puncher and Manny is doing very well with him. Manny has hurt him a couple of times too. ... Viktor is very smart and has been making Manny think, like Chris will."
Having Pacquiao fighting Algieri is going to make it even more important for Arum to include a quality undercard in order to bring the pay-per-view buys over the 500,000 level. If Arum does it on the cheap by stacking the undercard with obscure prospects, he’s going to be asking for trouble.
If all boxing fans are going to get for their money is to see Pacquiao fight a “college-educated kid,” which I assume will be Arums selling point, then I can’t see this thing even breaking 500,000 PPV buys. This is gonna be an exciting fight to Watch Pacquiao vs. Algieri this coming Nov. 22. See yah HERE to Watch it Online Free