MANILA, Philippines – Fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao may find himself in trouble if he chooses to go toe-to-toe with Chris Algieri, a boxing promoter warned.
Algieri’s co-promoter Artie Pellulo noted that if the New Yorker was able to handle a swarmer like Ruslan Provodnikov, he could do the same against a charging Pacquiao.
“Chris is going to give Pacquiao the same troubles that he gave Ruslan, because Pacquiao’s going to charge him,” Pelullo told Ring TV’s Lem Satterfield.
Algieri’s camp had just sealed a deal with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum for a welterweight title clash with Pacquiao, which will take place on November 22 (November 23, Manila time) in Macau.
The Long Island-based boxer became a top candidate for Pacquiao’s ring return after he hammered out a split decision verdict against Provodnikov last June.
Algieri sustained a couple of first-round knockdowns during that fight, but was able to outbox the Siberian Rocky for the remainder of the match.
“If you want to be a great fighter, then you’ve got to win the fight that you’re not supposed to win,” said Pelullo. “That’s what he did. He wasn’t supposed to win, he was the underdog, and he won the fight. He won the lottery ticket.”
Meanwhile, Arum reported that Pacquiao liked the possibility of fighting Algieri.
The veteran promoter said the Filipino watched Algieri’s junior welterweight clash against Provodnikov and is now looking forward to a competitive fight against the American.
"Manny is 100 percent for it," Arum told Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. "I told him I was coming along with it. He said Algieri seems like a nice young man and he saw his fight with Provodnikov. Manny said he thought it would be a good fight and he was OK with fighting Algieri."
"This is a college-educated kid, a good boxer, the kind of kid who will draw interest other than the just the hard core boxing fan," he added. "And the kid can also fight."
But boxing coach Freddie Roach admitted he didn’t like Algieri for his ward.
Roach, who trains both Pacquiao and Provodnikov, described Algieri as a “runner” who wins by evading his opponents.