Pacquiao likes prospect of fighting Algieri
But NY fighter settling dispute with promoter
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao likes the idea of defending his WBO welterweight title against New York upstart Chris Algieri, according to boxing promoter Bob Arum.
Algieri became a strong candidate for Pacquiao’s November 23 bout in Macau after he put up a tactical fight against Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov to hammer out a split decision win.
“Everything is being finalized,” Arum told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz, regarding the negotiations between the two camps. “I even talked to Manny this morning (Tuesday in Manila) and everything is fine.”
Arum admitted that Algieri has been having a bit of a problem with his promoter Joe DeGuardia regarding their standing offer. However, he believes the issue will be straightened out soon and the negotiations will move forward.
“[They] had a little dispute as to who got what from what we offered but I think they are getting that resolved tomorrow and then it will be full speed ahead,” said Arum.
The Top Rank CEO found Algieri an interesting opponent for Pacquiao because of his background.
“He’s definitely an option because there’s a great storyline,” Arum said in a previous interview with Keith Idec of Boxing Scene. “You know, a college kid who has a masters degree [from New York Institute of Technology], a superb boxer, speaks well.”
The fight will also pit Algieri against one of Freddie Roach’s boxers.
Roach, who cornered Provodnikov for the Algieri fight, would want to get back against the Long island-based fighter after the upset against the Russian.