Mike Alvarado, currently the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) light welterweight titlist, has emerged as the likely next potential challenger of Pacquiao in a fight set to be held in October in Macau.
A Colorado, USA native of Mexican descent, Alvarado sports a 34-1 win-loss record, spiked by 23 knockouts, and is coming off an action-packed unanimous decision win over American Brandon Rios last month.
According to a series of tweets by Vic Lombardi, a sportscaster for CBS-Denver, Alvarado and his manager, Henry Delgado, are now set to sit down with Top Rank top officials to discuss–and iron out–the details of the possible bout against Pacquiao.
If plans push through, Alvarado, 32, faces a “nothing to lose, everything to gain” scenario against the 34-year-old Pacquiao, who is aching to get back on track after suffering two stunning defeats against Marquez and Bradley last year.
The first eight-time world division champion, Pacquiao, holding a 54-5-2 win-loss- draw card spiked by 38 knockouts, has slipped to sixth in the pound-for-pound list of The Ring, widely considered the “bible of boxing.”