MANILA, Philippines – Ruslan Provodnikov's manager admitted that Chris Algieri has become a strong candidate to become Manny Pacquiao's opponent in November after the Long Island native's split-decision win over the Siberian Rocky.
But Vadim Kornilov, who helped popularize Provodnikov from an obscure slugger to a feared puncher, believes that a fight between Algieri and Pacquiao won't be a hit among boxing fans.
“How many people do you think would like to see Manny Pacquiao chase after Chris Algieri on pay-per-view?” he said in World Boxing News.
Algieri pulled off an upset win over the Siberian Rocky even after being hit by a pair of first-round knockdowns.
He became the new WBO junior welterweight champion and a frontrunner for a possible huge payday fight with Pacquiao.
But Kornilov thinks that Algieri would be an easy fight for the Filipino champion.
“Algieri can definitely land the Pacquiao fight because he can't punch and he will be a safe and ordinary opponent for Manny that will not bring any danger into the fight,” he said.
He also believes Provodnikov remains in the mix for the November 23 bout because fans know that the heavy-handed Russian can be a threat against Pacquiao.
This, he said, will bring intrigue and interest into the bout.
“I don't think Ruslan is off the Pacquiao list. I think now there might be even more chances of a big fight happening as Ruslan proved his class in the fight,” said Kornilov.
Algieri's handlers earlier claimed that they already had preliminary talks with Top Rank's Bob Arum regarding a possible Pacquiao fight in the fall.
"I've already begun conversations with Top Rank about Pacquiao, and we'll see where that leads," said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing Promotions.
"I think that when all is said and done, marketability-wise, Chris Algieri has proven himself to be a tremendously marketable fighter."