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Boxing: Rapid rise of Algieri, ‘real-life Rocky’ »

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American Chris Algieri will complete a rags to riches "real-life Rocky" story against Filipino star Manny Pacquiao on Sunday -- just a year after he almost quit the sport.   The date was November 2, 2013 and the would-be doctor from Long Island, New York, had just watched heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov almost die in the Madison Square Garden ring against Mike Perez.   Russian Abdusalamov went a gruelling 10 rounds against slugger Perez, suffering…

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‘Pacman’ Pacquiao expected to gobble up Algieri »

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A rejuvenated Manny Pacquiao will look to make short work of Chris Algieri Sunday to defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight belt and raise his chances of a showdown with Floyd Mayweather.   Few believe the eight-weight world champion, oozing confidence and surrounded by a 300-plus entourage in Macau, will be seriously troubled by Algieri.   The 30-year-old American (20-0) is a capable and likeable former kickboxer from Long Island with a master's degree…

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Algieri won’t retreat, will go after Pacquiao »

In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Chris Algieri pose for a photo in Los Angeles. AP

  MACAU—Confident he can take the power of Manny Pacquiao’s punches, Chris Algieri vows to go toe-to-toe with the ring icon when they square off for the WBO welterweight crown Sunday at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena here.   “I’m not a back-pedaler,” Algieri said Wednesday night. “At times, I’ll go toe-to-toe with him. I’ll be throwing combinations.”   Algieri’s confidence stems from having survived Ruslan Provodnikov’s heavy blows to win the WBO light welterweight…

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