Provodnikov's Promoter Eyes Pacquiao Fight in The Fall

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, who handles WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16KOs), loves the idea of facing Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38KOs), the WBO champion at 147-pounds, in the fall.

Later tonight, Provodnikov will defend his title for the first time against undefeated Chris Algieri at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Pacquiao is scheduled to return on November 22nd, likely in Macau, China.

"[Pacquiao is] a great fight for Ruslan, it's a great fight for the fans. People will perceive and believe that Ruslan can win, which will then drive up the pay-per-view numbers," Pelullo told

"They are talking about Pacquiao, they are talking about Mayweather, they are talking about Danny Garcia. He is in the mix, and his biggest problem is - is that he can beat everybody, so what makes [the Pacquiao] fight a fight that everybody wants to see is because [Provodnikov] is TV friendly. And then we have to convince people that it's a money fight for everybody. That's the business side of it."

Both Provodnikov and Pacquiao are trained by Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Roach told BoxingScene in a recent interview that he plans to side with Pacquiao - if the two boxers agree to face each other. Pelullo has no problem with Roach's position on the fight.

"He should [side with Pacquiao], rightfully so. That's the right thing to do. Pacquiao is fortunate that Freddie trains him. We're fortunate that Freddie trains him. But for them not to meet, financially, it's not good.  So if Freddie has to choose [on who he will train], I get it, that's called loyalty - but let the fight happen, let everybody earn, and you have to be where you have to be and that's the corner of Manny Pacquiao," Pelullo said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by shadow-boxer on 06-14-2014

[QUOTE=Snake4380;14661270]I like Ruslan. But I'm actually hoping he loses tonight because [B]I do not want to see him be dominated by Pacquiao[/B] for 12 rounds in November, possibly even being stopped if he comes out recklessly. It's not a competitive…

Comment by [email protected] on 06-14-2014

It's obvious that pelullo wants a pacquiao sweeptakes because they need the money not the record of his fighter. and i know pacquiao will dominate ruslan and it surely will not generate the PPV because ruslan is a C side…

Comment by thatdudespits on 06-14-2014

Such a bad fight for provodnikov. Obviously Artie just wants that Pacquiao money, but in the process he's robbing Ruslan of the team that honed his craft and allowed him to show he is special. You don't bite the hand…

Comment by Croyd on 06-14-2014

I'd rather see Provo vs Garcia , Broner , BradleyII ,or Khan.

Comment by Snake4380 on 06-14-2014

I like Ruslan. But I'm actually hoping he loses tonight because I do not want to see him be dominated by Pacquiao for 12 rounds in November, possibly even being stopped if he comes out recklessly. It's not a competitive…

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