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.
“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.