Why in the world is Chris Algieri kicking around a seven figure 1.5 million dollar offer to fight Manny Pacquiao? I understand that he's concerned about his health, but let's be honest here, this is boxing. If you are a fighter, you fight. The reason most prizefighter's fight is to earn the prize. In this case, the prize is a life changing 1.5 million, plus a percentage of the PPV buys. These kinds of offers do not happen many times, and in many cases, they never do at all.
Algieri is coming off of an impressive victory over former champ Ruslan Provodnikov. With the win, he grabbed the WBO Jr Welterweight title. Who was Algieri prior to defeating Provodnikov? Honestly? Not too many mainstream fight fans ever heard of the guy. He wins the WBO title and immediately gets a chance to step into the ring against the legendary Manny Pacquiao. I don't get why there's a delay here.
Promoter Joe DeGaurdia is scratching his head as well, and I don't blame him. I remember back when Sergio Mora turned down big money to face then champion Jermain Taylor. Mora took a lot of heat for doing so. He ended up becoming champion by defeating the late Vernon Forrest, but he left a lot of money on the table by not fighting Taylor when the opportunity presented itself.
Truth be told, Arum is making a generous offer here. I'm not sure how long this offer will be on the table, but if I were Algieri, I'd grab that cool million plus PPV, and then get to work. If he can make a good fight of it, he's got a shot at a rematch, and another nice purse. Arum as we all know is perfectly fine giving fighters rematches.
Pacquiao despite being older is still a dangerous fighter. He may have slowed a tiny bit, but he still possesses good speed, and he still has his legs. Algieri would need to bring his A game AND some in order to have a chance. Again, Algieri doesn't even have to win, he can just make it an exciting fight, and he's got a great chance at a rematch, thus another million plus. Not bad for a guy that nobody heard of last year.