Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes Chris Algieri has all the attributes inside and outside of the ring to be a massive star in boxing as the American edges closer to his defining night against Manny Pacquiao on November 22.
Algieri, 30, has the chance to make his mark in the sport with an underdog victory in Macau, China, although Arum pointed out that any win over Pacquiao would mean an instant return between the two.
“First let me put it on the legal level. If Algieri wins the fight, there is a provision in the contract that he must give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. So if he does pull off the upset and wins, I’m sure Manny would want revenge so that would be Algieri’s next fight. Then we would have to see what develops along the line,” said Arum.
“But Algieri is one of the most confident fighters that I have run across. He has convinced everyone he has spoken to, because he believes it himself, that he is prepared to give the fight of his life against Manny. He is very intelligent. He knows what he’s doing in the ring and this is going to be a very competitive fight.
“Commercially, if you beat somebody like Manny Pacquiao, particularly someone as media friendly and so crowd friendly as Algieri, he would instantly be a huge attraction in the sport of boxing.”
Pacquiao is now 35 and was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, although the oddsmakers see the Filipino having too much for Algieri who triumphed over Ruslan Provodnikov to earn his big opportunity.
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