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Chris Algieri could become a ‘true star’ in a losing effort to Manny Pacquiao

With a chance to become “a star, a legitimate and true star,” ballsy New Yorker Chris Algieri has been offered a match versus boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on November 23 at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.

After taking Ruslan Provodnikov, Chris Algieri deserves a bout against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
After taking Ruslan Provodnikov, Chris Algieri deserves a bout against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

The 30-year-old Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) captured the WBO junior welterweight belt by winning a debatable split decision over Russian badass Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14.

A merciless assaulter with cement fists and a granite chin, the 30-year-old Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) floored Algieri twice in the opening round.

Oozing confidence and performing in peak condition, Provodnikov badly defaced Algieri and the undefeated challenger quickly developed a grotesquely swollen, bloody and closed right eye.

However, displaying remarkable testicular fortitude, Algieri endured and managed to outbox the “Siberian Rocky.”

Using deft footwork and an effective jab, the 5-foot-11 Algieri kept the 5-foot-6 Provodnikov at an honest distance following the first four frames.

Granted, many onlookers thought Provodnikov deserved to prevail.

Regardless, pugilism is highly subjective and it’s understandable that other spectators believe Algieri was the rightful victor.

“It’s the best possible fight out there for Chris. He did great in the Ruslan fight, but fighting Pacquiao puts him on a completely different level and a win against Pacquiao makes him a star, a legitimate and true star,” Algieri’s handler, Joe Deguardia, told the New York Daily. “The fight is there for Chris.”

Comparatively, an eight-division world champ, the 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) seized the WBO welterweight title in April after universally outscoring Timothy Bradley.

Pac-Man officially trumped the 30-year-old Bradley (31-1-0-1, 12 KOs) by counts of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.

Showcasing elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, an extremely aggressive Pacquiao used his southpaw stance to pepper Bradley with straight left hands.

The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA was periodically careless and even borderline reckless.

Fortunately for the Filipino icon, Bradley possesses feathery fists and was incapable of seriously hurting Pacquiao.

Bradley, who claimed to suffer a right calf injury in the first round, is quick, tough and gutsy.

Battling like a man possessed, Bradley landed hard body shots and tried to will himself to greatness.

Nevertheless, supremely prepared for this sequel, Pacquiao again proved to be too dominant for “Desert Storm.”

If the two throw hands, Algieri won’t secure “a win against Pacquiao.”

Yet, in a losing effort to Manny Pacquiao, the stouthearted Chris Algieri could become “a star, a legitimate and true star” this autumn.