WBO World Welterweight title on November 23 against Chris Algieri of the U.S. at the Venetian’s Cotai Arena in Macau
Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), the Filipino icon and boxing’s only eight-division titleholder, will be making the first defense of his title since regaining it by lopsided unanimous decision against Timothy Bradley Jr. in April in a rematch of Bradley’s hugely controversial split decision in June 2012.
Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) had two hours to lose the weight, but used only about an hour before coming back to the scale and making weight at 143.6 pounds.
Junior welterweight titlist Algieri, who works as a nutritionist as a side job and was moving up in weight, surprisingly failed to make the catch weight contract limit of 144 pounds on his first try. He was slightly over at 144.2 pounds, even after stripping nude.
With the fight being held in another continent, the start time will still accommodate viewers in the United States. HBO PPV begins its live broadcast at 9 pm. ET on Saturday night, but the undercard won’t allow Pacquiao and Algieri to enter the ring until approximately two hours later.
The 13-hour time difference means the match will take place on Sunday in the early afternoon in Macau. Even before Pacquiao and Rios fought in China, starting a boxing match early in the day in another country was nothing new. The “Thrilla in Manila” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was fought in the morning so it could be broadcast in primetime in the United States.
Algieri has never fought outside of the United States. In the biggest fight of his career, the 30-year-old is guaranteed to make approximately $1.5 million.
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