Top Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum said on Wednesday that he offered unbeaten World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 22, in Macau, China.
Algieri’s promoter Joe De–Guardia said that a formal agreement could be reached in the coming days.
“We have a Pacquiao offer on the table and we are negotiating that actually as we speak,” DeGuardia told Mitch Ab–ramson of New York Daily News. “And I expect that we’re going to have a resolution within the next day or two.”
“Discussions are discussions. Did I discuss it with Joe? Yeah. Did I discuss it with Artie? Yeah,” said Arum in an interview by RingTV’s Lem Satterfield on Wednesday. “Artie is, as a matter of fact, coming out to California, and he’s coming over to my house tomorrow afternoon.”
“So I will discuss it further with Artie and I guess that Joe will be on the phone.”
Arum did not comment if Algieri (20-0 win-loss card with eight knockouts) is the only fighter given the offer to fight Pacquiao in November.
“I hope we’ll be able to get Joe on the phone and we’ll be able to button this up,” Arum told New York Daily News. “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.”
Pacquiao’s long time business partner Eric Pineda said that he’s expecting Algieri to grab the chance to fight Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts).
“Most likely, Pacquiao would fight Algieri. The announcement will come in the next few days,” Pineda told The Manila Times on Wednesday in a phone interview. “They’ve talked already. And when Mike Koncz arrives here, I’m sure it will be announced formally.”
Algieri, 30, a resident of Huntington, Long Island New York, USA, scored a split decision win over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov to capture the WBO junior welterweight crown on June 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.