In one of the most one-sided bouts in recent memory, Manny Pacquiao earned a unanimous decision over Chris Algieri at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macau on Sunday.
Pacquiao punched his way to six knockdowns to retain his WBO welterweight world title and improve to 57-5-2 (38 KOs). Algieri entered as a heavy underdog and lost, 120-102, 119-103, 119-103, falling to 20-1 (8 KOs).
With Algieri in the rearview mirror, Pacquiao now shifts his attention – we think and hope – to Floyd Mayweather. Could this fight actually be on the horizon in 2015?
“Everybody will be wanting to see the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight,” Paulie Malignaggi said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I really have been hearing – more so (than) in the past – that this fight is really being discussed, and there’s legitimate, real offers being put out on the table from the networks and whatnot (to) really (try) to make the fight (happen).”
Many people feel that the 37-year-old Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) has been ducking Pacquiao to protect his undefeated record. Others say it’s a matter of money.
“At the end of the day, it was never about anybody being scared,” Malignaggi said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I think people just love to hate Floyd Mayweather. Whatever the case may be, he doesn’t play the nice guy role, and Manny smiles and shakes everybody’s hand so he’s easy to root for in that way. I think at the end of the day, there’s a really good chance of this fight happening. I think people are going to hate Floyd Mayweather a lot more when he blows out Manny Pacquiao. I don’t think the fight’s close. I really don’t. I don’t think that fight’s close at all.”
Pacquiao, 35, has gone nine straight fights without a knockout. His last knockout came against Miguel Cotto in November 2009.
“I think (Mayweather would) dominate (Pacquiao),” Malignaggi said. “I really do. I think there’s a couple of welterweights that would probably beat Manny Pacquiao. I don’t think you need Floyd Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao at this point. I don’t think (the fight would be) very competitive, but it would be good for the public to see what it wants to see – and money, of course – and just bringing attention to the sport, which, a fight of that magnitude would certainly bring a lot of attention to boxing, and you can never complain about that.”
Regardless of who wins, both fighters would get set-for-life money – even though both are already set for life.
“I’ve heard (Pacquiao has) been offered a good chunk of money,” Malignaggi said. “I’ve heard $40 million and 35 percent of the Pay-Per-Views. Just the $40 million is more than double what Manny’s made in any fight in his whole career. Then you’re offering him 35 percent of the Pay-Per-Views. So I think if Manny Pacquiao does not fight Floyd Mayweather, I think we all know who to point the finger at. Because I think a lot of people are unfairly criticizing Floyd for this. To turn down that kind of offer – when it’s clearly a lot more than you’ve ever made in your life – (would be surprising). But we’ll see.”