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What's At Stake: Manny Pacquiao's welterweight title.
The Big Question: Did Chris Algieri really deserve this fight?
Other than a controversial decision over Ruslan Provodnikov that he didn't deserve, what has he ever done to warrant a fight against one of boxing's two biggest pay-per-view stars?
The fight against Provodnikov was competitive and close—I had it 115-111 for Provodnikov—but so what? Algieri has not earned a match against Pacquiao.
Algieri has no name recognition with casual fans, will be moving up in weight and his only notable victory is tainted; the PPV in November will bomb.
This matchup is sadly linked to an overall bigger issue: Pacquiao doesn't have anyone else to fight. Though the Cold War has started to thaw, promotional issues between HBO/Top Rank and Golden Boy/Al Haymon have continued to take some of the best potential fights off the table.
Not only has it killed a possible Pacquiao fight with fellow PPV star Floyd Mayweather Jr., but other great potential fights against guys like Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia, Robert Guerrero and Amir Khan are also DOA as long as the two sides refuse to work together.
So because I don't think anyone is interested in a third match against Timothy Bradley and they couldn't reach a deal for a fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, who is left to fight?
Pacquiao already fought Brandon Rios, a PPV fight against Mike Alvarado would tank and Provodnikov is off the table as long as they share a trainer.
Algieri sadly was the best of an awful situation. Until young stars like Mikey Garcia or Terence Crawford move up in weight or promotional issues are settled, this will be a recurring theme for most Pacquiao fights.
Prediction: Pacquiao UD, 118-110.
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