Ruslan Provodnikov’s manager Vadim Kornilov believes that his fighter is still in the running to face Manny Pacquiao in November, even though the tough Russian lost his WBO light-welterweight title to Chris Algieri last week.
Kornilov was livid as the judges at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn favoured the New Yorker on his home turf on two of the cards and is hoping to secure an immediate rematch for Provodnikov on neutral ground.
Provodnikov’s hopes of landing the Pacquiao seem to have taken a blow following Algieri’s upset, although Kornilov says the manner of the loss may help, rather than hinder his fighter’s chances of challenging the formidable Filipino in Macau.
“I don’t think the defeat means Ruslan is off the Pacquiao list,” Kornilov exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I think now there might even more chances of a big fight happening as Ruslan proved his class in the fight.
“I also think Algieri can definitely land the Pacquiao fight because he can’t punch and he will be a very safe and ordinary opponent for Manny that will not bring any danger into the fight.
“But how many people do you think would like to pay to see Manny Pacquiao chase after Chris Algieri on Pay Per View?” he quizzed.
Juan Manuel Marquez remains the favourite to take on Pacquiao for a fifth time later this year, although reports from Mexico are emerging that ‘Dinamita’ is asking for a whopping $20m paycheck, which may scupper negotiations between the two.
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