Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Chris Algieri Reportedly Could be Next Opponent

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
July 9, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Chris Algieri has reportedly received an offer to be Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent.

Pacman’s next bout is scheduled for November 22 in Macao, China, but his opponent has been up in the air for a while.

Algieri became a viable option after beating Ruslan Provodnikov at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City in June.

Before that fight, Provodnikov was considered a potential opponent for Pacquiao, who defeated Timothy Bradley earlier this year.

“We have a Pacquiao offer on the table and we are negotiating that actually as we speak,” Algieri’s promoter Joe DeGuardia told the New York Daily News.

He said that the offer includes seven figures (over $1 million) for Algieri (20-0, 8KOs).

The news comes after it appeared that Amir Khan might become the opponent after publicly lobbying to face Pacquiao.

Bob Arum, promoter for Top Rank, which has a contract with Pacquiao, said that he hops to finalize the deal soon.

“We’re talking serious now with the idea of making the fight. It’s not (bull). Now, whether it gets made or not I don’t know.” 

Neither promoter would disclose whether anyone else, such as Khan, has received an offer to face Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs).

“It’s the best possible fight out there for Chris,” DeGuardia said. “He did great in the Ruslan fight and he did great there, but fighting Pacquiao puts him on a completely different level and a win against Pacquiao makes him a star, a legitimate and true star.” 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.