Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao easily outclassed opponent Chris Algieri in last night’s big HBO Sports pay-per-view boxing card, setting the stage for a potential lucrative matchup with Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao knocked down the game but overmatched Algieri six times in winning a unanimous decision in front of a sell out crowd in Macau, China. The 35-year old Pacquiao was in complete control throughout the fight in winning nearly all 12 rounds on all the judges’ scorecards.
During the post-fight news conference, Pacquiao said that he wants to fight Mayweather, adding that the fans deserve the fight, according to ESPN.com. A mega Mayweather/Pacquiao fight has been rumored for years, but the two fighters have never been able to agree to terms.
A potential fight 2009 was scratched over fighter drug testing disputes.
Early last week, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said that talks between HBO, which has a TV contract with Pacquiao and Showtime, which has two fights left as part of its six-fight deal with Mayweather, to promote a joint PPV event sometime in 2015, according to ESPN.
Mayweather has talked about fighting in May and September of 2015 on Showtime, but has not announced any opponents.