Arum tells Roach: Prepare Pacquiao for Algieri
MANILA, Philippines – It seems that boxing promoter Bob Arum is sure to strike a deal between 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao and rising boxing star Chris Algieri.
Arum, who is still working out a proposed fight between Pacquiao and the New York upstart, has already advised the Filipino's trainer, Freddie Roach, to map out plans for Pacquiao’s return to Macau.
When Roach was told that Pacquiao might go up against the same fighter who recently defeated Ruslan Provodnikov, the boxing trainer said he doesn’t want another slick fighter running circles in the ring.
“I told Bob, 'I don't like a runner,'” Roach was quoted as saying in The Sweet Science.
But the Top Rank Inc. boss said Roach will have to train Pacquiao better.
“Bob said you better find a way, that's who you're fighting,” said the coach.
Roach offered to have his prized fighter face the "Siberian Rocky," whom he sees as a more popular and a more stylistic fit for Pacquiao.
But Arum said it will be tough to promote that bout since Provodnikov lost to Algieri.
“'I can't promote that,'” Arum told Roach. "Bob likes Algieri, and he told me that's who we're getting.”
The veteran promoter said it would be easier to sell a Pacquiao-Algieri fight because of the New Yorker's 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.”