Chris Algieri makes weight on second try for Pacquiao fight – Watch

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Chris Algieri makes weight after two tries, Filipino congressman and boxer Manny Pacquiao face Chris Algieri on Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena for World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.

Somewhat predictably, a prospective meeting between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr has largely dominated the build-up to the Filipino fighter’s showdown with Algieri. The WBO champion has made it clear in no uncertain terms that a long-awaited clash with the five weight world champion is the final goal remaining in his glittering career.

Hopes of that happening looked to have faded following his knock out at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, but victories over Brandon Rios and in his rematch with Timothy Bradley earlier this year have lifted him back into contention. While Mayweather remains unresponsive over talk of a showdown between the two welterweight kings, victory on Saturday will see Pacquiao’s calls grow even louder.

Amid all this, Algieri has taken a back seat. The 30-year-old, who is very much the prototype for the anti-boxer given his middle class background and his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology, sees the odds heavily stacked against him.

In comments which were aimed to undermine Pacquiao rather than New York-born Algieri, Mayweather claimed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s relentless chatter regarding Mayweather v Pacquiao in 2015 was all in aid to drum up sales for Saturday’s showdown.

While Pacquiao v Algieri may lack that box office status, the challenger is expected to provide a stern examination. While his is 20-0 (with eight stoppages) record is impressive in itself, his performance in his last match with Ruslan Provodnikov is what turned heads, after he recovered from two first round knock downs to take a split decision victory over the Russian.

His five inch height advantage over Pacquiao will be something he can exploit in the ring, but this will be his first encounter with someone he himself acknowledges as a future hall of famer.