Floyd's uncle 'not sold' on Algieri for Pacquiao
Count boxing trainer Jeff Mayweather among those who remain unconvinced that American boxer Chris Algieri can give Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao a tough enough challenge in their welterweight fight.
Mayweather, the uncle of unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., told On the Ropes Boxing Radio that he is "just not sold" on Algieri as an opponent, admitting that he is unsure why promoter Bob Arum would want Pacquiao to fight the Long Island native.
"I guess he has a title, right? I guess that could be the only reason, because he has a world title," Mayweather said.
Algieri earned his shot at Pacquiao by beating Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov, but Mayweather insists that this was not enough as it was far from a convincing victory.
"People act like he did such a spectacular (job) with Provodnikov, but I thought that fight could have easily went the other way," Mayweather said.
"To be honest, I'm just not sold on him. He pulled off a squeaker (against Provodnikov), a fight that could have easily went to the other guy," he added. "It was great that he got the decision, but at the same time, it wasn't impressive at all."
"There was nothing impressive about him to me."
Mayweather observed that Algieri made a name for himself as a boxer, but did not show those skills in the fight against Provodnikov.
"Don't get me wrong, I do understand the dynamics of the fight, because he was in a phone booth against Provodnikov. Everything was set up for him to lose, but he fought hard and somehow squeaked out a decision," he added.
Given this, Mayweather is confident that Algieri should not be much of a problem for Pacquiao when they fight on November.
"He (Algieri) didn't show me anything that would make me think that Manny Pacquiao has anything to worry about," he said. "I think that it's a great fight for Manny. It will put him back on top and back in the winning column."