Algieri targeting Mayweather as well

Posted at 06/26/2014 3:56 PM

Coming off the biggest win of his career, American boxer Chris Algieri has already set his sights on Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao, but is also hoping to one day fight pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Algieri recently won a controversial split decision to defeat Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov and become the new WBO light-welterweight champion.

He has been linked to potential fights against Pacquiao or even fellow light-welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson.

Speaking to Boxing Scene, the unbeaten Algieri said he will also welcome a fight against Mayweather. [http://www.boxingscene.com/algieri-eyes-mayweather-hes-goal-everyone--79235]

“I think (fighting Mayweather) is the goal for everyone,” he pointed out. “Like you said, Floyd is the best of our generation, and like I said, I don’t want to be the best, I want the opportunity to fight the best.”

“I’m not trying to be Floyd Mayweather, but I wouldn’t mind fighting him,” Algieri said.

The bout against Provodnikov was the biggest so far of his career but Algieri said he is targeting even bigger fights now.

“I want the big fights now. I want to make these moves, the right moves, but I’m looking to nail down the biggest fights we can get and bang ‘em out,” he said.

“I gotta keep winning big fights, I gotta get big fights, and I gotta keep performing and just keep going,” he added.