Chris Algieri makes weight to challenge Manny Pacquiao after first failing

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Manny Pacquiao will defend his welterweight title against Chris Algieri on Saturday night in China/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

 

After first failing to make the 144-pound catch-weight limit for his challenge to welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, Chris Algieri on Friday came back and weighed in under at 143.6 pounds; he first weighed 144.4, stripped down and then weighed 144.2. He was given two hours to shed the extra ounces, and he did.

Pacquiao weighed 143.8 pounds.

The welterweight limit is 147 unless there is an agreed upon catch-weight.

Algieir and Pacquiao will tangle Saturday night at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view).

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No lack of confidence for Chris Algieri ahead of fight with Manny Pacquiao

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Chris Algieri/Photo courtesy of Star Boxing

 

It’s difficult to say what’s going to happen Saturday when Chris Algieri challenges Manny Pacquiao for his welterweight title in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view). One thing’s certain, Algieri will enter the fight full of confidence.

That much was evident this week when he touched on the notion that Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) allegedly has that hunger back that made him such a ferocious fighter.

“Now they tell me Manny has his killer instinct back,” Algieri said. “Well, come and try to get me.”

Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., isn’t just blowing smoke to help the promotion. Remember, he’s the guy who got up from two first-round knockdowns to win a split-decision over then-junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov in June in Brooklyn. Anyone who can get up and do well after being decked twice in the first round by a vicious fighter like Provodnikov has big-time self-assurance. Don’t ever count out anyone of that ilk.

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HBO’s “24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri” will be shown on Saturday night

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Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

 

HBO’s “24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri” will be shown Saturday night about 10 on HBO after the light heavyweight title-unification bout between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev.

It will promote the Nov. 22 welterweight title fight between champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Chris Algieri of Huntington, N.Y. in Macau, China.

Pacquiao, 35, is 56-5-2 with 38 knockouts. Algieri, 30, is 20-0 with eight knockouts. The fight will be available on HBO pay-per-view.

 

 

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After loss to Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios looks to avoid third straight setback

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Manny Pacquiao (left) and Brandon Rios pose at a news conference ahead of their Nov. 24 fight that took place in Macau, China/Photo by Associated Press

 

Brandon Rios of Oxnard has lost his past two fights, and that’s enough to ruin anyone’s groove. It almost doesn’t matter that the two losses came to a good fighter in Mike Alvarado and a Hall of Fame fighter like Manny Pacquiao. Bottom line is, Rios can ill-afford a third consecutive defeat when he takes on Diego Gabriel Chaves of Argentina in the welterweight main event Aug. 2 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (on HBO).

He knows that.

“It’s do or die for me and I will do what I have to do to win this fight,” said Rios, 28, and a former lightweight world champion.

After losing handily to Pacquiao by eight, 10 and 12 points on the scorecards, Rios might have taken on an easier opponent than Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), who took tough Keith Thurman to 10 rounds before being stopped by Thurman in his only loss last July 27 in San Antonio.

Rios wanted noting resembling a patsy, though.

I know I could have fought an easier opponent, but I want to show everyone what I am still capable of doing against a top level guy," he said.

Rios is 31-2-1 with 23 knockouts.

Chaves, 28, is ranked as high as the No. 6 welterweight by one governing body. Rios is unranked.

 

 

 

 

 

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Manny Pacquiao signs two-year contract extension with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc. has extended his promotional contract with Manny Pacquiao, and it will now run through 2016.

“We are pleased that together with our partners at HBO we will continue presenting to the public fights of the great Manny Pacquiao through the end of 2016,” Arum said in a statement.

Pacquiao’s contract was due to expire at the end of this year. He recently won a rematch against Timothy Bradley, along with it the welterweight championship. His next fight could be a fifth go-round with Juan Manuel Marquez, who will be offered the fight, Arum said. However, Marquez said after his unanimous-decision victory over Mike Alvarado on Saturday at the Fabulous Forum that he will confer with his team and family members before deciding if he wants it.

Marquez is 1-2-1 against Pacquiao. Marquez knocked Pacquiao cold with one punch in the sixth round of their fourth fight in December 2012.

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HBO to show replay of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight title fight

HBO this Saturday will show a replay of the welterweight title fight this past Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was televised on HBO’s pay-per-view arm.

Pacquiao took the title by winning a unanimous decision over Bradley to avenge the controversial split-decision loss he took at the hands of Bradley in June 2012. Pacquiao on Saturday won by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.

HBO will also replay the fight twice on Sunday.

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Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley again, this time actually gets the decision

If you followed Twitter at all Saturday, you likely would have seen plenty of tweets saying Manny Pacquiao was rather well ahead in his rematch against welterweight champion Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

They were correct as Pacquiao took the championship by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. There was controversy in their first bout in June 2012 when Bradley was undeservedly judged the split-decision winner.

 

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Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley weigh in for their rematch Saturday

Manny Pacquiao weighed 145 pounds and Timothy Bradley 145 1/2 at Friday’s weigh-in at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The two will tangle for Bradley’s welterweight title Saturday (on HBO pay-per-view).

This is a rematch of their June 2012 fight that was won in controversial fashion by Bradley, who was judged the split-decision winner.

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HBO’s ‘Road to Marquez/Alvarado’ will debut on April 19

The 15-minute documentary entitled “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” will debut April 19 on HBO. It will preview the upcoming May 17 welterweight title-unification fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver that will take place at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood.

HBO will televised the Top Rank Inc. fight from the venue in which Marquez made his bones in the 1990s.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Tickets now on sale for Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado at Fabulous Forum

Tickets for the May 17 welterweight title-elimination fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver go on sale Tuesday (April 1) at noon.

They are priced at $35, $75, $150, $250 and $400 and can be purchased at the Forum box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com.

Anyone purchasing a ticket for $75 or $150 between Noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 1) will receive a complimentary companion ticket with a limit of six purchased tickets per order.

Marquez-Alvarado will be televised by HBO.

Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) made his bones at the Forum in the 1990s on his way to becoming one of Mexico’s legendary fighters. Alvarado is 34-2 with 23 knockouts.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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