Chris Pearson is a 154lb prospect and a member of TMT. He currently sports a record of 11-0, 9 KOs and now has a chance to build an audience for himself during the biggest event in the sport, where he'll be taking on Said El Harrak (12-2-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round undercard bout. Of course Pearson will not really be in front of the biggest possible audience, as this fight will not be apart of the televised portion of the May-Pac fight, but even still, it's still a good chance for him to up his profile.
"When I got the call, I ain't gonna say I expected it, but I know I've been putting in the hard work and I know I am ready to go the next level. I'm glad we're on the same page," Pearson told ESPN.com on Monday of Mayweather Promotions' decision to put him on the undercard of boxing's biggest fight in decades. "I'm ready to get in the ring and do what I do best."
Pearson used to fill in as a sparring partner for both Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, but is now looking to make his own name in the sport, feeling as if he can contend with the best out there.
"I feel like I dominated Cotto. It was a good experience," Pearson said. "With Canelo, I had dominant days. He's got that young fire like I do but he has millions of dollars and is a lot richer than me and he has all those belts, but I don't think there's anyone more talented in the [154-pound] division than me.
"I like to believe I'm the best up-and-coming fighter at my weight in the sport. I know [Mayweather and Ellerbe] believe in me, and I'm not going to disappoint. I feel sharp and feel I will perform well. I'll perform at a high level, look good and move on to a bigger fight."
The televised undercard fights have not been confirmed as of yet, although Vasyl Lomachenko is secured a spot for Top Rank's side. I'd be surprised if we didn't have another TMT member who gets a televised fight on the undercard. In fact, I'm expecting just that...