Manny Pacquiao’s next fight is scheduled for Nov. 22 against Chris Algieri. However, you might not know it, considering the recent war or words that’s raged between PacMan and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather beat Marcos Maidana in September’s rematch, and is still searching for his next opponent in May 2015. Shortly after Mayweather picked up his 47th career victory, the verbal jabs between the two boxers began.
The back-and-forth started when Mayweather tweeted a picture of Pacquiao being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, paired with a caption that criticized Pacquiao for having poor pay-per-view numbers. Pacquaio took his own shot at Mayweather when the undefeated boxer told the Nevada State Athletic Commission that his “All Access” series on Showtime was staged.
.@FloydMayweather's testimony to the commission on All Access' authenticity tells me everything I need to know about his desire to fight me.
â€” Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 24, 2014
In light of the bickering, fans and the media have discussed the possibility of the two boxers finally meeting in the ring. While the fight continues to look like it will never happen, Mayweather’s trainer and father told FightHype that he expects the mega-fight to be made one day.
"I'm pretty sure that if don't nothing else happen, I'm pretty sure he's gonna get Pacquiao, it's gonna happen," the 61-year-old said.
"Trust me. That fight's definitely gonna happen. It's a fight for the world, man, right there. It's the biggest fight that has ever been in life, so like I said man, that fight's gonna happen.”
Mayweather denied his father’s claims, and the two sides appear far from ever coming to an agreement. That, however, hasn’t stopped Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach from letting the world know that they want a shot at breaking Mayweather’s perfect record.
Beating Algieri is no guarantee, and any possibility of meeting Mayweather could disappear with a loss in November. Algieri is a heavy underdog, but he’s confident that he will defeat Pacquiao and take his WBO Welterweight Title.
Algieri is 20-0, having turned pro just over six years ago. In the last 13 months, he’s beaten Wilfredo Acuna, Emmanuel Taylor, and Ruslan Provodnikov.