Pacquiao’s Next Opponent Charms Filipino Media

Banner Promotions, the Philadelphia outfit that handles 30-year-old WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri, has posted a fun summary of the boxer’s recent international media tour.


Following the 12-day, 27,273-mile whirlwind, Algieri – a graduate of Stony Brook University and the New York Institute of Technology – kept right on going:

“We officially completed the media tour Friday afternoon [September 5], and immediately following our last interview I headed straight to some additional business meetings I had scheduled for myself and my team,” said Algieri. “On Saturday, I was a Grand Marshall at the Fifth Annual Huntington Awareness Day parade, and then on Sunday morning I did a five-mile run to help shake off the jet lag. Monday I was back at the boxing gym. If you let it, a tour like that can take a lot out of you, but I made sure I was getting my work in and training in some aspect every day with my head trainer Tim Lane, so when I got back I would be ready to go.”

Algieri also mentions that when he subsequently attended a Tuesday night Yankees home game, he was more than happy to do several impromptu media interviews. Meanwhile, the fruits of his international PR labor are on full display this weekend in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. From an item by Beth Celis:

So far, I have yet to encounter someone who has met Algieri and was not charmed by him. “He is so nice, such a gentleman, so easy to like,” said boxing scribe Nick Giongco, who covered the promotional press tour in China and other cities. Giongco said Algieri is different from Pacquiao’s other opponents — and other boxers for that matter — because he is so articulate and highly educated…

ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo, who has catalogued almost all Pacquiao fights, seconds the notion. “Algieri is intelligent, speaks well and is muy simpatico,” she said.

The Algieri-Pacquiao bout will air Saturday November 22 on HBO pay-per-view but take place at a much earlier, next-day hour at The Venetian Resort Macao. Pacquiao is heavily favored.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.