The 35 year-old, who caused referee Genaro Rodriguez to give Algieri six counts, was a decisive winner at the Venetian in Macau and has now pinned all his hopes on finally enticing the pound for pound king into the ring.
“I want that fight,” said Pacquiao in his post-fight interview on HBO PPV. “The fans deserve that fight.”
Pacquiao and Mayweather have been linked to an agreement in 2015 since Top Rank promoter Bob Arum hinted that a deal may be possible for the first half of the coming year, although sceptics are still adamant that the fight will never happen.
One of those doubters is Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, who is predicting his fighter will move back down to light-welterweight to challenge WBC and WBA title holder Danny Garica instead.
Opponents being pondered by Mayweather for his May return are said to be the winner of Khan v Alexander in December, Keith Thurman and Garcia himself, although a decision is not likely to come from ‘Money’ until at least the end of January.