Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri will embark on an ambitious media tour comprised of stops in China, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, Top Rank Promotions and Star Boxing announced on Wednesday.
Algieri (20-0, 8 knockouts) will challenge for the WBO welterweight belt held by Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) on Nov. 22 on HBO Pay-Per-View at the Venetian Casino in Macao, China, where Pacquiao unanimously decisioned Brandon Rios in November.
The first stop in the estimated 27,273-mile tour is scheduled for Monday at the Venetian Macao, with expected participants to include Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, trainers of Pacquiao and Algieri, respectively, as well as Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and Algieri’s promoters, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions.
Pacquiao, 35, was last in action in April, dethroning Tim Bradley by unanimous decision to regain the belt he lost by split decision to Bradley in June 2012. Between his first bout with Bradley and the Rios fight, Pacquiao lost via six-round stoppage in December 2012 by Juan Manuel Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1.
In June, Algieri, 30, rose from three first-round knockdowns en route to a disputed split decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov, from whom Algieri won the WBO junior welterweight title.
The itinerary is as follows:
Monday, August 25, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, August 26, 2 p.m.
Shanghai Press Conference, Sheraton Shanghai Pudong Hotel
Friday, August 29, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Day with the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park in San Francisco
Saturday, August 30
Private Event, the Venetian Las Vegas
Monday, Sept. 1 4, p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, Manny Pacquiao throws out the first pitch for Dodgers vs. Nationals.
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m.
Los Angeles Press Conference, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
Thursday, Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 4 p.m.
Information provided via press release