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Boxing-'Real-life Rocky' Algieri faces daunting reality in Pacquiao

By Kieran Mulvaney

MACAU, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Nine months ago, American Chris Algieri was fighting in a venue holding less than 2,000 spectators, but on Sunday he enters the big time when he challenges eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title at the Venetian Macao.

The 30-year-old Algieri, has been billed by promoters as the 'real-life Rocky' because of his rapid and improbable ascension to world title challenger, is not overawed by his situation.

"Yeah, it's cool, but it doesn't faze me," he told reporters in Macau this week ahead of his clash with Pacquiao in the 15,000 seat arena in the former Portuguese colony.

"I've literally seen this in my mind for a long time. And now...

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