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article imageOp-Ed: Too early for Chris Algieri to call out Manny Pacquiao

By Leo Reyes     Jun 19, 2014 in Sports
Boxing sensation Chris Algieri seems to be in a hurry to land a lucrative fight against Manny Pacquiao following his controversial victory over Pacquiao's sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov last week at the Barclays Center in New York.
Algieri, who was born in Huntington, New York, was almost a virtual unknown when he fought Provodnikov last week. He was knocked down by Provodnikov in the first round of their title fight but managed to survive the unrelenting assault by the Russian fighter for a split decision in his favor.
Shortly after getting what appears to be a hometown decision by the judges, Algieri's camp began calling out Pacquiao for a showdown in November when the Filipino boxer returns to the ring after winning a rematch against former tormentor Timothy Bradley last April 12.
Although he was unbeaten In 19 professional fights before facing Provodnikov last Saturday, Algieri is inferior in terms of skill, experience and achievements than Pacquiao, who has fought 62 professional fights in the last 20 years.
Calling out Pacquiao after a controversial win against Provodnikov seems improper, if not downright insulting to the Filipino ring icon, if one considers the credentials of both fighters.
Apart from the lingering doubts about the verdict handed down by the judges of the fight, Algeri has not fought rated opponents who were in the level of Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Juan Mannuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, among others.
Boxing fans suggest that Algieri settle the verdict controversy with Provodnikov in a rematch to be held in a neutral venue and if he wins, he can be more credible in calling out Pacquiao and share the spotlight with him in the ring.
Even Provodnikov's trainer Freddie Roach said he wants to see Algieri beat Provodnikov clearly in a rematch before entertaining the idea of a Pacquiao-Algeri fight.
"I'd rather like to see him fight a rematch first, and if he won it, and he won the fight clearly, then I think that he might deserve a fight like that," said Roach. "Yeah. For Pacquiao, there's not a lot of opponents out there right now."
Pacquiao, who is expected to announce his next opponent shortly for his November ring return, has been preoccupied with his professional basketball coaching job with one of the newest member teams of the Professional Basketball Association (PBA), the country's top professional basketball league.
Pacquiao's long-time promoter Bob Arum has not disclosed Pacquiao's next opponent, but he has mentioned a possible fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, who is reported to be asking $20 million for another round with Pacquiao.
Some of the other names being mentioned in the shortlist of Pacquiao's next opponents aside from Algieri, include among others, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Canelo Alvarez.
Mayweather has always been in the Pacquiao shortlist in the last four years but it seems he is headed for another showdown with someone of his choice who can help him preserve his unblemished record. The unbeaten champion is set to return to the ring on September 13.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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