Algieri Offered Pacquiao Fight on Nov. 22
After upsetting Ruslan Provodnikov last June 14 to capture the WBO light welterweight title, Chris Algieri is being seriously considered as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent.
Algieri’s promoter Joe DeGuardia confirmed that they have a Pacquiao fight offer “on the table”. In a phone interview, DeGuardia told NY Daily News that he has already started negotiating with Top Rank President Bob Arum and that they “could reach an agreement” in the coming days.
This latest development continues the incredible run of good fortune that the Long Island native has recently had. It all started with the opportunity to fight Ruslan Provodnikov last June. Algieri ( 20-0 8 KOs) made the most of that chance by upsetting the heavily favored Siberian Rocky in a split decision victory that gave him his first boxing world title. And now that he is being offered a fight with Manny Pacquiao, Algieri may be getting a break he could have ever imagined a couple of years ago.
Arum confirmed the fight offer by saying that “the fight is there for Chris.”
The choice of Algieri is the most logical for Arum, who is running out of time to find a November dancing partner for his top money earner, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2 38 KOs). Trainer Freddie Roach was eyeing Danny Garcia, but Garcia stuck to Al Haymon after the Golden Boy split. Provodnikov was also being considered, but he just lost to Algieri. Amir Khan would have also been a good foe, but he is chasing a fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Where is JMM?
But the fight that the fans wanted to see was the fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez who knocked out Manny Pacquiao in their 4th fight last December 2012. But according to Freddie Roach, Marquez is asking for $20M or an equal share of the purse with Pacman. And although Roach believes Marquez will be “knocking at their door soon”, it is highly unlikely that the Mexican legend will allow himself to be “short-changed” by the Pacman camp this time around. Marquez accepted a 24-76 PPV split and a $3M guarantee during his 4th fight with Pacquiao.
But given the outcome of the last bout and its close to 1M PPV buys, Marquez may decide to sit on the fifth fight offer for now.
Safe But Not Popular
If Algieri is indeed the guy, then he is a “safe choice” for Arum because he does not possess the punching power that will threaten Pacquiao, much more beat him. And considering that Algieri isn’t a household name, the fight has all the makings of a PPV disaster unless Top Rank comes out with a very strong undercard.
Algieri doesn’t only lack the punching power but he is a light welterweight. He may also have to move up in weight to challenger Pacquiao and that would be another disadvantage unless they come up with a “catch weight”. But regardless of the weight, Algieri doesn’t seem to be in the same class as Pacquiao and is not expected to challenge the Filipino superstar at all.
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