Floyd Mayweather Jr
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. celebrates his victory over Marcos Maidana of Argentina at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 13, 2014. Reuters

Prospect Dusty Hernandez Harrison is just 20 years old but is already considered as one of the up and coming fighters in the welterweight division because of his 24-0-0 record. When asked of the possibility of a chance to face the top ranked boxers in his weight class like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the undefeated American hesitated but admitted that it’s a possibility worth considering as other fighters namely Chris Algieri were given opportunity to face off with the boxing greats.

"I would have said a definite no to me fighting Mayweather or Pacquiao before they retire if Chris Algieri hadn't got the fight with Pacquiao this year. Since that happened I guess it may be possible for me, but I just don't know how much longer they will be around,” Harrison said to worldboxingnews.net. The fighter from Washington, District of Columbia in the United States has racked up 24 straight victories, 13 via knockouts, since turning pro on June 6, 2011 or just under four years in his short pro boxing career.

Harrison will be facing Tommy Rainone at the Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, Jan. 9. 2015 in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout. Harrison described his opponent as slick and crafty and he’s expecting a good challenge from the fighter who has a career record of 22-5-1.

"I definitely expect to get some good rounds in against Tommy Rainone. Also, he has a style I think I need to face to continue to develop in my career. All of the southpaws I fought were hard hitting come forward fighters,” Harrison stated.

Harrison was also asked of his opinion on the rumoured Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight and the American is going with his compatriot Mayweather to win by decision over Pacquiao. Harrison opined that it would be a “pretty dull decision” as Mayweather will not take too many risks as he’s known for in his past fights. Harrison added that his time will come and that he’ll eventually fight one of the world champions even if it’s not Mayweather or Pacquiao.

To contact author of this article, email j.gloria@IBTimes.com.au