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Who can Pacquiao fight next if not Floyd?
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Manny Pacquiao is a heavy favorite to retain his welterweight title against Chris Algieri when they meet Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) in Macau, China (where it will be Sunday morning).

Roach to Floyd: 'Step up to the plate'
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Trainer Freddie Roach wants his star fighter, Manny Pacquiao, to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. as much as anyone and has no problem speaking out about it.

Periban aims to derail DeGale title shot
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Super middleweight contender James DeGale is on the verge of a world title fight. He became one of unified titleholder Carl Froch's mandatory challengers by knocking out Brandon Gonzales in the fourth round of a final eliminator on May 31.

DeMarco fights for cancer-stricken sister
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Former lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco traveled to the Philippines about a month ago to join trainer Freddie Roach in Manny Pacquiao’s training camp.

V-Lom to stay on course for Walters fight
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After Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters knocked out featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire in the sixth round of an outstanding performance in October, the immediate discussion turned to a possible unification fight with Vasyl Lomachenko, the gifted former two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist many consider the best amateur in boxing history.

Klitschko-Jennings in works for spring
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Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings is in an ideal position. The Philadelphia fighter with a big personality is sitting in the mandatory position to be the next opponent for the winner of the fight between titleholder Bermane Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) and undefeated current mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs).

Algieri fueled by confidence
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Junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri, who is moving up to welterweight to challenge the great Manny Pacquiao for his world title on Saturday night (9 ET, HBO PPV) at the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena, is nothing if not confident.

Distractions no issue for Pacquiao
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When welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao flew from the Philippines to Macau this week in advance of his fight with Chris Algieri on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) at the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena, he came with a massive group.

Notes: Kell Brook plans March return
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A few notes from around the boxing world:• Welterweight titlist Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs), forced to call off his first defense scheduled for Dec.

Cleverly confident for Bellew rematch
While most of the boxing world’s attention is on Macau this weekend for Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri, there’s also a big show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

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