World champions VASYL LOMACHENKO and JESSIE VARGAS and China's most iconic athlete, undefeated Top-Five contender ZOU SHIMING, will be featured in exciting battles on the MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO vs. CHRIS ALGIERI World Welterweight Championship pay-per-view undercard. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao-Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Lomachenko, of Ukraine, will make the first defense of his WBO featherweight title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand. Vargas, of Las Vegas, NV., will be defending his WBA super lightweight title against former world champion Antonio DeMarco, of Mexico. Top-five contenders Zou, of China, and Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym, of Thailand, will be battling in a 12-round WBO flyweight world title elimination bout. These six gladiators boast a combined record of 142-5-3 (79 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 95% and a victory by knockout ratio of 56%.
"We are very proud to present these three significant international fights on the pay-per-view undercard. Boxing is a worldwide sport and this card reflects that," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
"I am very happy and excited to have become a world champion in my third professional fight," said Lomachenko. "I just followed the plan for the world title fight against Gary Russell - work the body, make him fight as much as possible and then go to the head. Russell was very fast and I had to take my time. I felt I hurt him a few times and I did not feel his power at all. That was a big win for my country and I know that they enjoyed it very much."
"My opponent, Antonio DeMarco, is a tough, rugged fighter who comes to fight," said Vargas. "I know this will be a fight that fans throughout the world will enjoy. This is very exciting for our team to be part of an event of this magnitude. I plan on bringing my world title belt back to Las Vegas."
"This will be my first time fighting in a bout that is scheduled for 12 rounds. It will be the toughest test of my skills as a professional," said Zou. "As we all know, the boxing atmosphere in Thailand is awesome. I watched videos of my opponent's fights where he performed fiercely and bravely. It is no surprise that he is undefeated. I respect his strength and his skills . This fight is so important because so much is at stake -- most of all the opportunity to fight for the world title with a victory on November 22. I will make this the best training camp I have ever had so I can give my best performance ever."
Fighter of the Decade and Filipino icon Congressman MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO (56-4-3), boxing's only eight-division world champion, defends his WBO welterweight title against New York's undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI (20-0), who has Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management, a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Upsets Inside the Ring, in the main event of the four-bout pay-per-view telecast.