MANILA, Philippines – Chris Algieri believes that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have fought too many bouts against each other and it is time for a "new blood" like him to take center stage.
The new WBO junior welterweight champion admitted that he has been a fan of the Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry. He, however, said that after four fights, boxing fans like him have already seen enough of the two boxers waging war at each other.
“Even as a fan, I don't wanna see the [Pacquiao-Marquez 5] fight. These guys had way too many rounds together, let's get some now blood in there,” Algieri said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
The New Yorker thinks he has a big chance at landing a fight against Pacquiao because he believes that the Filipino has limited options.
The leading candidates for Pacquiao's November 23 fight date are Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov, Carlos Abregu and Algieri.
Marquez seems non-committal about a fifth fight with Pacquiao, while Abregu, although a No. 1 welterweight contender, is a relatively obscure fighter.
Provodnikov has name recall, but he suffered an upset loss against Algieri.
“I think we got a really good chance of getting this fight, we talked about it before the [Provodnikov] fight, and now after the fight it's definitely very possible, I don't know who else really is in the running,” said the Long Island native.
Algieri, however, admitted that he still does not know his status regarding the Pacquiao sweepstakes.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum reportedly approached him after his split-decision win over Provodnikov and promised that he’ll work out a bout between him and Pacquiao.
But Algieri said he has yet to see if his promoters will actually be able to get him the fight.
“Boxing never sleeps, those gears are turning and we'll clear out what's next… we'll be ready no matter what.”