MANILA — Newly crowned champion Chris Algieri said boxing promoter Bob Arum is planning to have him fight Manny Pacquiao this November.
The New Yorker pulled off a surprise against heavily favored Ruslan Provodnikov over the weekend to become the new WBO junior welterweight champion.
Not only did he topple the “Siberian Rocky” from the pedestal, he also garnered attention by becoming a top candidate for Pacquiao’s return bout in Macau.
His performance against Provodnikov impressed Arum, who then bared his future plans for Algieri.
“Bob Arum had mentioned he'd like to promote a fight between Manny Pacquiao and myself. I'm ready to go straight into that fight for the fall,” said Algieri in World Boxing News.
Provodnikov was among the top three names being considered for Pacquiao. The other two are Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez and top welterweight Carlos Abregu.
But because of the upset he pulled off against Provodnikov, Algieri has suddenly become a top contender for the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes.
“This last couple of years, I've move exponentially to the right fights,” said Algieri. “Last night was a continuation of that and going forward that's the plan I want to keep.”
Boxing coach Freddie Roach said the American boxer will have to fight Provodnikov again before even thinking of facing Pacquiao.
"I'd rather like to see him fight a rematch first, and if he won it, and he won the fight clearly, then I think that he might deserve a fight like that," said Roach in RingTV. "Yeah. For Pacquiao, there's not a lot of opponents out there right now."
Algieri said he'd like to hear Provodnikov’s thoughts about a rematch first.
“He didn't want to fight me in the first place, I doubt he'd wanted a second fight,” he said.