Chris Algieri stripped, and exposed, after struggling to make catch weight for Pacquiao fight
How someone with a masters degree in physical education and nutrition like Chris Algieri can report for the weigh-in over the limit is hard to understand. Jerome Ascano

THE ageless Bob Arum has been around professional boxing for what seemed like forever.

Who else can bridge the gap between two legends in Muhammad Ali and Manny Pacquiao in one lifetime? Only the tireless and crafty Bob Father, of course.

The indefatigabe 'Godfather of Boxing' was up to his old tricks again as he masterfully packaged a glib talker into a worthy opponent of his current prized possession, Manny Pacquiao.

Arum plucked a physical education and nutrition master from the suburbs of New York and, almost overnight, transformed the "powder-puff" puncher into a world champion at the expense of Pacquiao's former sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov.

Not stopping there, the venerable promoter then went on and tried convincing the world that Algieri is the real deal - a real life Rocky Balboa, in fact.

Despite coach Freddie Roach saying Algieri's punching power "can't even break an egg," the Top Rank founder almost had the whole boxing world believing that Algieri is a legit threat to the 'Pacman.'

That was until the official weigh in came around.

As expected, Pacquiao made the catchweight of 144 pounds with a little to spare. But to the horror of many - Arum most of all, Algieri went over the limit by a shade of a pound.

Damn! How can someone who boasts of a masters degree in physical education and nutrition report to the weigh-in and tip the scales over the limit?

Algieri, who can easily pass for as a member of Chippendales, was at his hollow best trying to flex his well-sculpted abs as he flashed his trademark smile at the official weigh-in at the Cotai Arena.

But after seeing what the weighing scale had exposed, we can only pray that this is not another fraud unravelling right before our very eyes.

It is something we Filipinos have had enough of.

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