New junior welterweight title holder Chris Algieri may have moved up the boxing ladder since he is being eyed as the next opponent of eight-division title holder Manny Pacquiao for his Nov 22 fight in Macau, China.
New York Daily News reports that the promoter of the Filipino boxer, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, have approached the newly minted boxer to be Pacquiao's next ring opponent, fresh from Algieri's win over Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia.
That would mean the fourth rematch with Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez or the second face-off with American pugilist Miguel Cotto won't take place anymore.
Arum has formally opened the Nov 22 bout to Algieri of Long Island. The offer would surely result in a higher guaranteed purse for the rising boxing star. Joe DeGuardia, the promoter of Algieri, and Arum said an agreement is soon coming from Algieri's camp.
"We have a Pacquiao offer on the table and we are negotiating that actually was we speak," the daily quoted DeGuardia.
If Algieri would say "yes" that would mean the two major fights for 2014 would already have sure opponents since the other anticipated match, that between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Argentinean boxer Marcos Maidana on Sep 13, had been unofficially confirmed by Money May.
Of course, boxing fans are still dreaming of the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout that Money May could be referring to as his surprise in May 2015 for boxing followers.