"Sino ba yang Chris Algieri na yan; magaling ba yan?"
If we had a signature for every time we heard that question, we would have gotten enough for a petition to convince Kathryn Bernardo to finally be on FHM's cover.
On November 22, 2014, Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO Welterweight title against the largely unknown American pugilist. Outside of hardcore boxing fans and the Algieri household, pronouncing the challenger’s last name is as much of a mystery as his identity.
That’s why we decided to conduct a research on the obscure Pacquiao opponent and give everyone an idea of what’s in store for our Pambansang Kamao roughly two months from now. Find out why Algieri's history proves that he's a fighter that could give Pacquiao enough of a fight, in spite of the lack of luster at the moment!
HI MY NAME IS...
Don't say: Algere, Algeree, Aljeeree, Aljerry, Alcharotski
Do say: Al-jee-ye-ree
He looks like this:
Yes, if he lived in the Philippines, he'd probably be part of Bench's fashion show. In short, oo na Algieri, mas pogi ka na sa'min.
THE ORIGIN STORY
Chris is a New York-bred boxer of Italian and Argentinian descent.
For girls, the appropriate response to that is: “Oh, kaya pala guwapo. I like. Hihi!"
For the tunay-na-lalake, we suggest: "Pagkatapos ng laban, mas pogi na si Manny diyan.” And then we show them this GIF of Chris after fighting Pacquiao's spar-mate Ruslan Provodnikov:
For boxing enthusiasts: It means he’s got a rich boxing heritage behind him. From Italian-American greats like Rocky Marciano, Jake La Motta, Willie Pep, and Carmen Basilio to Argentine legend, Carlos Monzon and the most recent product out of Argentina’s finest crop of boxers, Sergio Martinez, Chris truly has a lot to draw inspiration from.
Also, given his ancestors' reputation in the squared circle, toughness should be embedded in Algieri.