Following Saturday night's big fight between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, HBO Sports' "24/7" returns with the first look into the November 22 pay-per-view fight between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri.
This will be Pacquiao's record 10th fight to be featured on the show, and obviously the first for Algieri, who is making just his second HBO boxing appearance after a win in June over Ruslan Provodnikov. It will be nice to get a look at Algieri (20-0, 8 KO) and his camp, though it's a little hard to imagine anything new or exciting coming out of Team Pacquiao at this point. Maybe he'll take up carousing again? I don't know. (I kid, you guys, don't blow a gasket.)
Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO) regained the WBO welterweight title from Tim Bradley in April of this year. Algieri's win over Provodnikov did give him the WBO junior welterweight title, though the sanctioning body recently made the curious (or suspicious) move to strip him of that belt, which is unusual for the circumstances. With talk of Pacquiao moving back to 140, one theory (mine!) is that they're prepping for Manny to fight for the vacant 140-pound title in his next fight, assuming he wins this one, as it is frankly expected he will.
The HBO live double-header starts at 10:45 pm EST tomorrow, so it's currently scheduled for "24/7" to start at 1:00 am EST. Big fun!