The biggest loser from Saturday night’s action might well have been Pacquiao.
Pacman is searching for an opponent for his scheduled fall date in Macau, and the man most frequently mentioned in recent days was Provodnikov. Whether or not all that talk goes out the window now that he’s been unseated by the relatively unknown Algieri remains to be seen.
Holding court at last week’s final presser for Cotto vs. Martinez, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, channeling his inner Nostradamus, not only predicted that Algieri would knock off the Russian slugger, but said that once he did, he’d look to match him with Pacquiao.
"The fight I would love to do and the fight I think I’m going to zero in and try to do is Pacquiao-Algieri after Algieri beats Provodnikov. I think Algieri has a good shot with his style to beat Provodnikov. It’s a better fight than people think," Arum said.
Part 1 of that prediction has come to pass, but it remains to be seen if Arum—a character in boxing if there ever was one—or his partners at HBO will be willing to put Algieri onto one of the biggest stages in all of boxing off one big win.
It also remains to be seen whether or not Provodnikov will drop from the conversation. Even in defeat, he probably remains the more marketable opponent, and a fair number of people felt he deserved the victory Saturday night for landing the harder punches.
Juan Manuel Marquez also remains a viable option. If he wants the fight. And that’s a big if.
Every recent indication seems to support the notion that he remains done with Pacquiao and the fight doesn’t look likely to happen.
That leaves Pacquiao with Algieri, Provodnikov or possibly some fighters from the Golden Boy Promotions' side of the fence, should the two sides be able to get together on a deal and solve any possible legal issues surrounding Golden Boy fighters.
Either way, look for Pacquiao to fight someone outside of the box in his next fight, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.