Manny Pacquiao, boxing's second-biggest attraction, will take his act on the road again on November 22, when he defends his WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian in Macau, China.
The Filipino star is coming off an April victory in a rematch over Timothy Bradley. Algieri earned the bout by scoring an upset of Ruslan Provodnikov in a WBO super lightweight bout on June 14 at the Barclays Center in New York.
Pacquiao, who has won two in a row after suffering back-to-back defeats in 2012 to Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, is 56-5-2 with 38 knockouts.
Ed Tracy, the president and CEO of Sands China Ltd., told Yahoo Sports last year that the Venetian wanted to host several smaller regional shows a year with one major card featuring a well-known boxer such as Pacquiao.
Bob signed Shiming and I agreed to be the venue sponsor for his first fight. That went better than we expected. We made a deal for his second fight, and that was better than the first. It was at that second fight that Bob and I were talking and he asked me, 'What do you really want to do with boxing?' And I said, 'I want a shot at Pacquiao.' We talked about it a lot, and before the fight ended that night, we had a handshake deal to pursue the Pacquiao strategy.
It's a fairly simple strategy, in my view. We have a continent in China with a billion more people than the U.S. There is a great hunger and thirst there for content; they want to be entertained. And why not boxing? We had already signed a deal with the UFC and we were interested in the fight business and bringing it to China. So it was kind of a natural.
As a result, Top Rank has been bringing fights to China on a regular basis since. Arum has said it is possible he will also put cards in mainland China, as well.
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