WBO light-welterweight champion Chris Algieri looks to have secured a dream bout with pound-for-pound legend Manny Pacquiao.
Reports in the NY Daily News state Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has offered the 30-year-old a bout in Macau on November 22.
The offer is reported to be a seven-figure sum, which would far surpass any purse Algieri has received during his 20-fight career.
Joe DeGuardia, promoter of Algieri, confirmed talks are ongoing: “We have a Pacquiao offer on the table and we are negotiating that.
“I expect that we’re going to have a resolution within the next day or two.”
Arum also confirmed talks are underway: “We’re talking serious now with the idea of making the fight. It’s not (bull). Now, whether it gets made or not I don’t know.”
Any fight would be a step-up in weight for the ex-kickboxer, with Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship on the line instead of his light-welterweight belt.
A month ago the bout would have been beyond the wildest dreams of the Long Island fighter, but a heroic and unlikely win over Ruslan Provodnikov has catapulted him into the mix with big-name fighters.
The ‘Siberian Rocky’ was a huge betting favourite going into the fight and knocked Algieri down twice in the opening round to re-affirm his expected dominance.
But the challenger fought back and survived a horrific eye injury to outpoint the champion by a controversial split decision. Freddie Roach, Provodnikov’s trainer, was furious after the fight and his camp claimed Algieri ‘ran away’ all night.
Provodnikov was being lined up to face the Filipino, whom he shares a trainer with, though Freddie Roach declared his allegiance towards his long-time partner Pacquiao were any fight to take place.
But the surprise June 14 result now puts Algieri into pole position for a Macau payday.
Pacquaio won the WBO crown by avenging a previous defeat against the previously unbeaten Timothy Bradley. The first bout in 2012 ended in hugely controversial defeat, but was avenged conclusively during an April 12 rematch.
If the bout goes ahead it will be the second time Pacquaio has fought in Macau, dominating Brandon Rios in a one-sided victory in his maiden fight.
Top Rank has focussed their attention on staging shows there since the signing of Zou Shiming. The Chinese amateur star is a huge draw in his home country and the promotional outfit have capitalised since he turned professional last year.
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