REIGNING World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao returns to the Philippines today after completing a five-city press tour to promote his upcoming November 23 bout against unbeaten American Chris Algieri in Macau.
Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) and unbeaten WBO junior welterweight titleholder Algieri (20-0 with eight knockouts) went to Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City to promote their bout. The fight is scheduled on November 22 at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel, Macau.
Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda said that the Saranggani representative, upon arrival in Manila, would fly directly to his hometown in General Santos.
“Manny will arrive early in the morning tomorrow [today]and then his boxing and basketball training will resume also within the week in General Santos,” Pineda told The Manila Times on Monday in a phone interview.
In addition to his preoccupation with boxing and lawmaking, Pacquiao also signed as playing coach of Kia, one of three new teams in the Philippine Basketball Association.
“Freddie Roach is expected to arrive in the country most likely next week,” Pineda added.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old Stan “The Man” Martyniouk (13-2 win-loss record) of Sacramento, California was chosen as one of Pacquiao’s sparring partners for the Algieri fight. The Californian pug was chosen because of the similarity of his fighting style with Algieri’s
“It feels great. It’s like dreams do come true,” Martyniouk told boxing website Philboxing.com.
“Thanks to Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach for giving me the opportunity to come out with them to the Philippines. I will get Manny Pacquiao in tiptop shape and give him the best sparring that I can and he will come out victorious.”
Martyniouk is expected to arrive in the Philippines early October.