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Breaking Bread

By Kelefa Sanneh

The other day, an aspiring doctor from Huntington, Long Island, went to dinner with a celebrity from the Philippines. They came straight from the New York Stock Exchange, where they had rung the closing bell in order to promote their joint business endeavor: a fight.

The celebrity was Manny Pacquiao, one of the great boxers of the current era, who grew so popular in his native country that he became a congressman. He kept boxing, too, and despite having been knocked unconscious two years ago, Pacquiao is still considered one of the best fighters in the world.

The aspiring doctor was Chris Algieri, who holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology. Algieri was little known until June, when he won a fight against a popular Siberian boxer named Ruslan Provodnikov. The victory made Algieri a plausible opponent for Pacquiao, though only barely. When their fight—scheduled for November 22nd, in Macau—was announced, boxing writers called it a mismatch, and oddsmakers agreed, installing Pacquiao as a sixteen-to-one favorite.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE NEW YORKER AT: http://www.newyorker.../breaking-bread