Promoters: Pacquiao-Algieri fight 'real close'
MANILA, Philippines – The welterweight title fight between Chris Algieri and Filipino champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is close to being completed, according to the promoter of unbeaten American fighter.
Joe DeGuardia, who promotes Algieri, has been in talks with Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions and Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum regarding a fight between Pacquiao and Algieri.
"Yes, we're real close," DeGuardia told RingTV. "I think we're days, maybe hours away from getting this done."
If it pushes through, the fight will be held on November 22 in Macau, and will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Arum told RIngTV that he had a "nice discussion" with Pelullo and DeGuardia, but also emphasized that the fight was "not done yet."
"We're getting to close to finalizing the deal, but it's not done yet," added Pelullo.
Algieri is best known for his upset of former Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov, when he recovered from two knockdowns in the first round to outpoint the Russian slugger the rest of the way and claim a light-welterweight belt.
DeGuardia is already touting Algieri as a dangerous opponent for the "Pacman," who became a world champion again earlier this year after beating Timothy Bradley to regain his WBO welterweight belt.
"This kid (Algieri) is tall, rangy, with a good jab, and he's a kid who throws a lot of fast types of punches, sort of the way that Pacquiao's punches are, which is a lot of volume and multiple punches," said DeGuardia.
"We have a situation where if this kid can out-hustle Manny, then he can give him problems," he added.
Arum, for his part, said the Pacquiao-Algieri match-up will be a "good fight" and described the 30-year-old Algieri as a "breath of fresh air for the sport of boxing."