BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR PACQUIAO, ALGIERI LIVING A DREAM 

NOV 18 ---PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri (both at center) pose with the fighters in the undercard of their much awaited bout dubbed as Hungry For Glory in Macau. Alder Almo MACAU – Manny Pacquiao flashed his signature smile while Chris Algieri was dead serious wearing his game face on as the two world boxing champions made their first public appearance at The Venetian Main Porte Cochere here on Tuesday night. Algieri, the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion, was the first to arrive sporting black shades matched with black leather jacket on top of a black shirt looking like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator movie. But his eagerness betrayed him as his game face turned into a giggling boyish grin when he was interviewed amidst the flash and glitz of cameras on the mock-up stage. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: KO win means a lot --Pacquiao  

NOV 18 --Manny Pacquiao understands the importance of knocking out Chris Algieri in their clash this Sunday in Macau. Pacquiao arrived at The Venetian Macao Monday night with a huge entourage, and on Tuesday made his first appearance before the press and supporters who trooped to the posh hotel in Asia's gambling capital. The Filipino icon chatted with reporters before working out, saying he had to prepare harder given Algieri's height and reach advantages. More importantly, Pacquiao pointed out how a knockout win in Sunday's fight could help boost his career, which has been hounded by questions of his declining skills and purported lack of hunger. "It would mean a lot if the knockout comes," Pacquiao told reporters as posted in Top Rank's official Twitter account (@trboxing). READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Roy Jones, Jr. sees a great fight; Bob Arum hopes for a Pacquiao win

NOV 19 --Four-division champion Roy Jones, Jr. billed the Pacquiao-Algieri match-up as a great fight. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said it’s going to be a competitive fight. The fight between boxing’s only eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri needs no hype judging from the media turnout that came all over the world to cover here in the former Portuguese colony. It will be four times bigger than the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight last year, according to Arum. “It’s gonna be a very good fight, very competitive fight. Chris Algieri is very confident. So Manny is gonna have his work cut out for him But Manny is in great shape,” Arum told Philstar.com right after the grand arrival at the Porte Cochere in Venetial Hotel. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pacquiao at ease as fight nears  

NOV 20 --MACAU – With his fight against Chris Algieri just days away, Manny Pacquiao was a picture of calmness, not letting the pressure of delivering a badly wanted knockout win get into him as he wrapped up preparations in this bustling gambling city. Pacquiao on Wednesday held one final open workout, and throngs of reporters from all over the world had a field day as the WBO welterweight champion gamely showed off his wares. The Filipino icon shadowboxed, worked the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach, hit the speed bag, and skipped rope in a workout that lasted more than two hours. Along the way, he happily obliged and struck poses for reporters, photographers and everyone else inside the gym at the Cotai Arena here at The Venetian Macao. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Hollywood macho stars, Rambo & Rocky to watch fight 

Rambo and Rocky and The Terminator are coming over to watch world welterweight title clash between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri on Sunday. Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger Top Rank head Bob Arum said Macau is rolling the red carpet for Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and their presence is a sign that Macau has made great inroads the past few years. Stallone played the fictitious character of Rocky Balboa in a series of smash shits that began in 1976 and starred as the Vietcong-fighting John Rambo in the flick that also spawned several sequels, while Arnold played the cyborg assassin in the Terminator movies. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Team Algieri vows to ruin Manny show 

NOV 21 ---MACAU – It’s still days before the fight and Team Algieri is proclaiming victory over Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao. During the final press conference late Wednesday evening, Algieri’s trainer, Tim Lane, was introduced by Bob Arum, took the podium and said, “Welcome to the Chris Algieri show.” The former kickboxing champion and now boxing trainer spread his arms in the air. Lane, who first met Algieri as a kickboxer almost 15 years ago, promised a “great show” from his unbeaten fighter on Sunday at the Cotai Arena here. “And you will go Al-Gie-Ri! Al-Gie-Ri! Al-Gie-Ri!” he said. But there was hardly any reaction from the crowd because no matter how members of Team Algieri look at it, it’s still is Manny Pacquiao’s show. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) Tale of the Tape: Pacquiao-Algieri 

MACAU – Manny Pacquiao stakes his WBO welterweight title against undefeated Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao here on Sunday. Know how the two fighters match up in physically in our Tale of the Tape! VIEW TAPE PHOTO...


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Business as usual for Pacquiao, Algieri living the dream


Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri (both at center) pose with the fighters in the undercard of their much awaited bout dubbed as Hungry For Glory in Macau. Alder Almo

MACAU, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Alder Almo - Manny Pacquiao flashed his signature smile while Chris Algieri was dead serious wearing his game face on as the two world boxing champions made their first public appearance at The Venetian Main Porte Cochere here on Tuesday night.

Algieri, the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion, was the first to arrive sporting black shades matched with black leather jacket on top of a black shirt looking like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator movie.

But his eagerness betrayed him as his game face turned into a giggling boyish grin when he was interviewed amidst the flash and glitz of cameras on the mock-up stage.

“I love it. It’s a great place,” Algieri said when asked about his first visit in this former Portuguese colony.

“This is a dream come true. I’m looking forward to Sunday,” said the American fighter who is hoping to hit the jackpot with a victory over Pacquiao in his first ever pay-per-view fight.

But his moment came briefly as Pacquiao stole the limelight quickly upon his arrival.

Pacquiao, as always, regaled the crowd with his infectious smile.

“I’m excited to come back here in Macau and fight again,” Pacquiao said. “I hope to see all the fans on Sunday and thank you for all the support.”

The fans cheered wildly for Pacquiao as Algieri was relegated to the background waiting for his chance on Sunday to try to steal the limelight completely from his celebrated opponent.

As the two boxers were tossed out to the back stage to separate elevators going to their suite rooms, Pacquiao dropped his trademark smile and turned serious.

The fight is definitely on.


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Pacquiao: KO win means a lot By Dino Maragay Updated Tuesday November 18, 2014 - 2:03pm 438 12Google +0 0


WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao talks to reporters at The Venetian Macao on Tuesday. Photo from Top Rank's Twitter account

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao understands the importance of knocking out Chris Algieri in their clash this Sunday in Macau.

Pacquiao arrived at The Venetian Macao Monday night with a huge entourage, and on Tuesday made his first appearance before the press and supporters who trooped to the posh hotel in Asia's gambling capital.

The Filipino icon chatted with reporters before working out, saying he had to prepare harder given Algieri's height and reach advantages.

More importantly, Pacquiao pointed out how a knockout win in Sunday's fight could help boost his career, which has been hounded by questions of his declining skills and purported lack of hunger.

"It would mean a lot if the knockout comes," Pacquiao told reporters as posted in Top Rank's official Twitter account (@trboxing).

Freddie Roach badly wants a stoppage victory for his ward, saying Pacquiao only needs one round to knock Algieri out.

But the fighting congressman, for his part, thinks it's a tough task.

"He showed his toughness. He showed his boxing skill," Pacquiao said, referring to Algieri's duel with Ruslan Provodnikov last June.

In that fight, Algieri rose from two first-round knockdowns and, with a badly swollen right eye, outboxed the heavy-handed Russian to pull off an upset. He clinched the WBO light welterweight that night, and more notably positioned himself for a date with Pacquiao.

Since then, the unbeaten Algieri's confidence is at an all-time high, believing he can fashion out a bigger upset against Pacquiao. The New Yorker possesses a significant edge in height, standing 5-foot-10 compared to the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao.

WBO welterweight champion acknowledged it on Tuesday

"This training camp is more intense. Because my opponent is taller than me," Pacquiao said.


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Roy Jones, Jr. sees a great fight; Bob Arum hopes for a Pacquiao win By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated November 19, 2014 - 2:41am 1 0 googleplus0 0


Four-division boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum weighs in on the Pacquiao-Algieri fight. Alder Almo

MACAU – Four-division champion Roy Jones, Jr. billed the Pacquiao-Algieri match-up as a great fight. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said it’s going to be a competitive fight.

The fight between boxing’s only eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri needs no hype judging from the media turnout that came all over the world to cover here in the former Portuguese colony.

It will be four times bigger than the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight last year, according to Arum.

“It’s gonna be a very good fight, very competitive fight. Chris Algieri is very confident. So Manny is gonna have his work cut out for him But Manny is in great shape,” Arum told Philstar.com right after the grand arrival at the Porte Cochere in Venetial Hotel.

Jones Jr., who is here to do TV commentary for the bout is excited because of both boxers’ styles. He was also here when Pacquiao beat Rios last year but he believes this is going to be a much better fight than that.

“It’s always a great fight to see a match-up between an aggressive puncher and a boxer-puncher. Manny Pacquiao is an aggressive puncher while Chris Algieri is a boxer-puncher,” Jones, Jr. said.

If Pacquiao can take care of his business here, all signs point to the most anticipated fight in boxing of this generation – the mega-buck showdown between him and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. next year.

Arum, who is already talking to the people that will help him stage a fight that will rival the Thrilla in Manila and Rumble in the Jungle as the biggest fight in the history of boxing, is crossing his fingers that the Pacquiao-Mayweather will happen sooner than later.

But first things first, Pacquiao needs an impressive win on Sunday.

“Let’s hope that Manny will win this fight and then we can look forward to that possibility,” Arum said.


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Pacquiao at ease as fight nears By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 20, 2014 - 6:39pm 1 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao hits the speed bag during a workout on Thursday at The Venetian Macao. He fights American Chris Algieri on Sunday. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com

MACAU – With his fight against Chris Algieri just days away, Manny Pacquiao was a picture of calmness, not letting the pressure of delivering a badly wanted knockout win get into him as he wrapped up preparations in this bustling gambling city.

Pacquiao on Wednesday held one final open workout, and throngs of reporters from all over the world had a field day as the WBO welterweight champion gamely showed off his wares.

The Filipino icon shadowboxed, worked the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach, hit the speed bag, and skipped rope in a workout that lasted more than two hours. Along the way, he happily obliged and struck poses for reporters, photographers and everyone else inside the gym at the Cotai Arena here at The Venetian Macao.

“Muy rapido! (Very fast!)” he screamed at his longtime cutman Miguel Diaz while skipping. He also goofed around with some members of his entourage, including Top Rank publicist Fred Sternburg, who kept hurling jokes at him.

“Everyone gets a free photo (opportunity)! Manny will stay for four to five hours,” he jokingly told the crowd, a comment that elicited laughter from Pacquiao.

In the same gym, undercard fighters Antonio Demarco and local favorite Zhou Shiming held their own workouts. But it was pretty obvious who the center of attention was.

At one point, Pacquiao turned to the mirror to see himself shadowbox, only to notice bodies instead of glass.

“Hey guys, mirror!” he shouted, and his entourage quickly motioned the crowd not to block the big boss’s view.

Pacquiao stakes his WBO welterweight title against Algieri in a fight that again serves as an opportunity for him to counter claims of declining skills and lack of hunger. He hasn’t knocked out anyone since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto, and almost everyone – especially Roach – wants that slump to end.

While Pacquiao himself understands the importance of a knockout win, he remained non-committal to pulling off one against Algieri. Instead, he insisted he still has what it takes to excite.

“I have that fire in my eyes. I’m excited,” he told mediamen after he was done with the rope.

But is a knockout really coming?

“Whatever happens, it will be a good fight that everyone will enjoy. [It’s going to be] A fantastic performance. Awesome,” Pacquiao said, adding he’ll use caution against the taller – and possibly hungrier – Algieri.

“We’ll stick to our plan. I don’t want to get careless, but the fire is still there. The aggressiveness is still there,” he further said.

Philstar.com asked Roach, who has Pacquiao right where he wants him to be conditioning-wise, whether he is sticking to his prediction that Algieri won’t last a round.

“Yes!” was the bespectacled trainer’s curt reply before walking away.

Whether Pacquiao lives up to Roach’s expectations is a big question.

But a worry-free Pacquiao is something to worry about for any opponent.

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Editor's note: Philstar.com's special coverage of the Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri fight is made possible by Cebu Pacific Air, why every Juan flies.


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Hollywood macho stars to watch fight by Nick Giongco November 18, 2014 Share this:


Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Macau — Rambo and Rocky and The Terminator are coming over to watch world welterweight title clash between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri on Sunday.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger Top Rank head Bob Arum said Macau is rolling the red carpet for Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and their presence is a sign that Macau has made great inroads the past few years.

Stallone played the fictitious character of Rocky Balboa in a series of smash shits that began in 1976 and starred as the Vietcong-fighting John Rambo in the flick that also spawned several sequels, while Arnold played the cyborg assassin in the Terminator movies.

Not only are Hollywood celebrities flying over from the US mainland as Arum revealed that New York, home of Algieri, has sent writers to cover the fight.

“The New York Times, Newsday, the NY Post and the NY Daily News are here, USA Today, the LA Times and even the Asian Bureau of the Wall Street Journal will be here,” said Arum publicist Fred Sternburg.

From the Philippines, the major TV networks have set up camp here with ABS-CBN with Dyan Castillejo, Chiqui Roa of TV5 and the GMA 7 tandem of Connie Sison and Mav Gonzales and the government-owned PTV-4 already in town aside of course from the usual print guys who show up in every Pacquiao’s fight.

Top Rank began promoting shows here in the middle part of 2013 and Arum’s influence has spread all over.


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Team Algieri vows to ruin Manny show (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 21, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MACAU – It’s still days before the fight and Team Algieri is proclaiming victory over Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao.

During the final press conference late Wednesday evening, Algieri’s trainer, Tim Lane, was introduced by Bob Arum, took the podium and said, “Welcome to the Chris Algieri show.”

The former kickboxing champion and now boxing trainer spread his arms in the air.

Lane, who first met Algieri as a kickboxer almost 15 years ago, promised a “great show” from his unbeaten fighter on Sunday at the Cotai Arena here.

“And you will go Al-Gie-Ri! Al-Gie-Ri! Al-Gie-Ri!” he said.

But there was hardly any reaction from the crowd because no matter how members of Team Algieri look at it, it’s still is Manny Pacquiao’s show.

Pacquiao is the heavy favorite in this fight, according to oddsmakers. A $1,400 wager on Pacquiao gives you a dividend of only $100.

Algieri’s other trainer, Keith Trimble, said Algieri will shock the world when he beats Pacquiao.

Trimble, perhaps bigger and heavier than any other trainer, said when Algieri fought Ruslan Provodnikov last June, “nobody gave him a chance.”

But Algieri got up from two knockdowns in the opening round, and with one eye shut, went on to steal a win against the dreaded Russian boxer.

“And in Nov. 23, Chris will once again be victorious, remain undefeated, at 21-0, and will become the new WBO welterweight world champion,” said Trimble.

Pacquiao and his own trainer, Freddie Roach, just sat nearby.

Algieri’s promoter, Joe DeGuardia, held on to the microphone a little longer, and tried to recall the day Algieri as a teen-ager walked into his office.

“I was impressed with everything he was outside the ring. He’s always a winner. He’s a winner in everything, in his studies, in kickboxing and in boxing,” he said.


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Tale of the Tape: Pacquiao-Algieri (philstar.com) | Updated November 20, 2014 - 12:05pm 6 494 googleplus0 0

MACAU – Manny Pacquiao stakes his WBO welterweight title against undefeated Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao here on Sunday.

Know how the two fighters match up in physically in our Tale of the Tape!

 


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