Manny Pacquiao is preparing hard to take on Chris Algieri on November 23rd and already, he is talking of setting up a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. after his win. A fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather is a popular idea that has been floating around for quite some time now, though nothing substantial has come out of talks between representatives of both boxers.
Whether it’s a scare tactic to intimidate Algieri psychologically before they meet in the ring, or a valid wish that Pacquiao has, the Philippine boxer has made it clear that after he wins the bout against Algieri, he will be aiming for nothing less than a bout with Mayweather. “I do have one specific goal and that is to give the boxing fans the fight they have always asked for [against Mayweather]. I want that fight too. I believe good negotiations could produce the fight.”
In spite of a long professional career lasting 20 years and 63 professional bouts including run-ins with notable boxers such as Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Marco Antonio Barrera, Pacquiao is clearly in no mood to retire and is hungrier than ever. “As I’ve said before, boxing is my passion and public service my calling. As I approach my title defense against Chris Algieri, I have found that my passion has increased. I do not feel old. I feel great and I find I am able to train as hard as I always have and I enjoy it. Most importantly, I enjoy boxing – a lot,” he says. Retirement he says, whenever it comes, will be final. “As long as my skills and my passion remain strong, I want to continue my boxing career. When I retire, I want it on my own terms. I do not want to spend my retirement regretting that I walked away from boxing before I was ready. I do not want to come back and fight after I retire.”
Does Algieri have reason to fear Pacquiao in the ring? Well, the 30-year old New Yorker certainly has the grit and determination to take on the veteran, but he certainly lacks the experience in the ring. In fact, Freddie Roach, the 35-year old WBO champion’s coach thinks Algieri lacks a lot more. “He’s a tough kid and he’s strong. He doesn’t have the speed and the skills Manny has. But he has the power,” said Roach. The coach may be right too, especially after news came in that Pacquiao knocked down a sparring partner in the ring while preparing to take on Algieri.
The bout on November 23rd at the Venetian Macao is sure to make headlines no matter who the winner is. If it’s Pacquiao, we know his boxing showdown with Mayweather is another step closer to reality!