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Manny Pacquiao is ‘not afraid to face’ Chris Algieri

Speaking with, Manny Pacquiao confirmed that he will fight ballsy New Yorker Chris Algieri on November 23 at the Venetian Casino & Resort in Macau, China.

Chris Algieri is a worthy adversary for Manny Pacquiao.
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“I’m not afraid to face anybody in the ring,” said Pacquiao, 35, who outclassed Brandon Rios last November at the same Asian venue.

The 30-year-old Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) captured the WBO junior welterweight belt by winning a debatable split decision over Russian badass Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14.

A merciless assaulter with cement fists and a granite chin, the 30-year-old Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) floored Algieri twice in the opening round.

Oozing confidence and performing in peak condition, Provodnikov badly defaced Algieri and the undefeated challenger quickly developed a grotesquely swollen, bloody and closed right eye.

However, displaying remarkable testicular fortitude, Algieri endured and managed to outbox the “Siberian Rocky.”

Using deft footwork and an effective jab, the 5-foot-11 Algieri kept the 5-foot-6 Provodnikov at an honest distance following the first four frames.

Granted, many onlookers thought Provodnikov deserved to prevail.

Regardless, pugilism is highly subjective and it’s understandable that other spectators believe Algieri was the rightful victor.

“Aside from this being a challenge due to Algieri’s size and fighting style, this is also an opportunity for me to avenge the defeat of my friend and former sparring partner, Ruslan Provodnikov,” said Pacquiao, who, like Provodnikov, is trained by Freddie Roach.

Meanwhile, an eight-division world champ, Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) seized the WBO welterweight title in April after universally outscoring Timothy Bradley.

Pac-Man officially trumped the 30-year-old Bradley (31-1-0-1, 12 KOs) by counts of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.

Showcasing elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, an extremely aggressive Pacquiao used his southpaw stance to pepper Bradley with straight left hands.

The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA was periodically careless and even borderline reckless.

Fortunately for the Filipino icon, Bradley possesses feathery fists and was incapable of seriously hurting Pacquiao.

Bradley, who claimed to suffer a right calf injury in the first round, is quick, tough and gutsy.

Battling like a man possessed, Bradley landed hard body shots and tried to will himself to greatness.

Nevertheless, supremely prepared for this sequel, Pacquiao again proved to be too dominant for “Desert Storm.”

Despite yielding approximately four inches, the 5-foot-7 Pacquiao has long thrived against larger opponents and Algieri won’t be an exception.

In fact, versus the stouthearted Chris Algieri, expect Manny Pacquiao to secure his first knockout since 2009 this autumn in the Far East.

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