Pacquiao ignores Algieri’s ice bucket challenge

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Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

The camp of reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao ignored the ice bucket challenge issued by unbeaten American WBO junior welterweight titleholder Chris Algieri on Tuesday.

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“Manny [Pacquiao] just ignored it and so far he didn’t accept it. I don’t know if he will have a change of heart about it, but I think it’s not going to happen. Manny is busy right now in different things,” Pacquiao’s long time business manager Eric Pineda told The Manila Times.

Pacquiao, 35, who has a 56-5-2 win-loss-draw slate with 38 knockouts, will face the New Yorker 30-year-old Algieri (20-0 win-loss log with eight knockouts) in a title match on November 22 at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel and Casino in Macau, China.

“I am not issuing a challenge to anybody else, the only person I am challenging is the person I am challenging on November 22nd, and that is Manny Pacquiao. Enjoy Manny,” Algieri posted in a social networking site.

Algieri took the ice bucket challenge himself. The activity involves pouring a bucket of ice water on the participant’s head or donating to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association in the United States. ALS is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord. It affects 30,000 patients in America alone and has no known cure.

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