Algieri honored to fight Pacquiao but “preparing fully to beat the man”

By Monette Rivera, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 1, 2014

NEW YORK – Undefeated World Boxing Organization Junior Welterweight champion Chris Algieri is gearing up to face the Fighter of the Decade, Philippines Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

The fight is set for November 22 at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.

“I’m always ready to fight,” said Algieri. “I’m very much looking forward to really going to training camp for the fight with Manny Pacquiao. I’m looking forward to going in there with a real legend like Manny himself. It’s gonna be a great night for myself. It’s gonna be a great night for boxing in general.”

Hailed as the 21st century real-life “Rocky,” Algieri has a 20-0, 8-0 KO record.

“I’m a fan of Manny,” said Algieri. “I’ve been watching Manny for years. I’ve literally been watching Manny for over 10 years. He is an incredible athlete, someone who has transcended boxing. It’s really an honor for me to go out there and fight him, but at the same time, I’m preparing fully to beat the man.”

Like Pacquiao, Algieri is bold about his Christian faith and shares his fondness for his growing Filipino fans.

“I actually think that Manny and I have a lot of things in common,” said the undefeated fighter, “Whether in the ring or outside the ring, politics. Manny has an incredible desire to help people around him and I feel I have the same affinity. … I’ve met many Filipino fans while on tour for this fight with Manny. I’ve always really felt a very strong and warm presence from all the Filipino fans.”

Saturday, Chris Algieri, an advocate of education, was honored at the annual Wolfstock Homecoming celebration of his Altma Mater, Stony Brook University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in health care management in 2007.

“We’re incredible proud of him,” said Samuel Stanley, President of Stony Brook University. “He was an honor student at Stony Brook, great student, but he has gone on with a careeer in martial arts and now is also the light welterweight champion, so we’re gonna celebrate Chris.”

But others fear Pacquiao may dominate Algieri in the ring.

“He’s a pretty nice guy, not arrogant or anything,” said Adrian Del Rosario, a Stony Brook Alumnus. “He’s definitely a tough opponent but I think Pacquiao is too fast for him though. Too fast.”

During the event, Algieri presented a replica of his WBO Jr. Welterweight Championship belt to his Alma Mater to his Alma Mater as well as the “Chris Algieri Championship Lifestyle Scholarship” at Stony Brook, which is set to kick off in Fall 2015.

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