Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao will make his return to the ring on November 22 at the Venetian Resort in the gambling mecca of Macau, per Greg Logan of Newsday, defending his WBO Welterweight Championship against newly minted 140-pound champion Chris Algieri.
Pacquiao enters the contest on a two-fight winning streak, having righted an old wrong by toppling Timothy Bradley to regain a welterweight title in April. The fight was a bit of a bust at the box office, and it led to an epic feud between the MGM Grand—which hosted the contest—and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum.
Sagging pay-per-view numbers and lingering bad feelings with the MGM are likely why this fight is headed to Macau, a locale known for its favorable tax rates that allow it to compensate for drops in PPV sales.
Algieri, an undefeated but until recently largely unknown Huntington, New York, native, earned this fight by taking down Team Pacquiao’s likely first choice for the bout, former junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov, in June.
The 30-year-old showed tremendous grit and heart, fighting back from two early knockdowns and a grotesquely swollen eye to outbox Provodnikov and wrest his title. More importantly, that fight earned him the opportunity of the lifetime against one of boxing’s biggest superstars.
Here we examine the fight and the fighters. This is your complete head-to-toe breakdown of Pacquiao vs. Algieri for the WBO Welterweight Championship.