Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri in Macau, November 22

Manny Pacquiao will be challenged by the undefeated Chris Algieri for his welterweight world title in Macau, China on November 22.

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Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum has confirmed the match schedule in a recent interview with ESPN.com. The promoter said he is excited for the fight, describing Algeiri (20-0, 8 knockouts) as "a college-educated kid, a good boxer, the kind of kid who will draw interest other than the just the hardcore boxing fan and the kid can also fight."

The 30-year-old American boxer hails from Long Island, New York. He is a master's degree holder and also works as a nutritionist.

One of his promoters, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, hinted that he will earn a career-high payday of at least $1 million for the fight, excluding HBO pay-per-view proceeds.

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) reportedly agreed to meet the challenger at CotaiArena in The Venetian Macao, where he defeated Brandon Rios in November last year.

"Manny is 100 percent for it," Arum told the sports news outlet. "I told him I was coming along with it. He said Algieri seems like a nice young man and he saw his fight with Provodnikov. Manny said he thought it would be a good fight and he was OK with fighting Algieri."

It will be Pacquiao's second fight this year. Last April 12, he outclassed Timothey Bradley and gave the then undefeated boxer his first loss by winning via unanimous decision, thereby regaining his WBO welterweight title which will be put on the line again four months from now.

Anyone who believes that the upcoming fight will be an easy one for the Filipino boxing icon should think again. Sports analyst said Algeiri, a former kickboxer, is younger than Pacquiao by five years, fast, strong and hungry for another championship.

Last June 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, he defeated the Freddie Roach-trained Russian fighter, Ruslan Provodnikov, via a split decision to bag the WBO Light Welterweight title.

DeGuardia said his ward is "happy for the opportunity" to enter the ring with one of the best boxers of all time.

"He wants the fight and has no problem going up in weight. He wants the welterweight championship. He wants challenges. He loves the idea. He wanted to fight for another championship and he loves that he is fighting Manny Pacquiao for it. He looks at Manny as an elite of the game. He wants to climb another mountain. If he wins this fight, you have the start of another era," the promoter shared.