When Manny Pacquiao chooses his next opponent from among WBA junior middleweight beltholder Miguel Cotto, WBA/WBO lightweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez, IBF/WBA junior welterweight beltwinner Lamont Peterson or Peterson’s WBO division counterpart Tim Bradley, he will likely pocket more than $20 million, if the assertions of his advisor, Michael Koncz, are accurate.
Responding to a report in Pacquiao’s native Philippines citing the fighter’s asking price at somewhere between $20, and, $28 million, Koncz said he doesn’t recall the last time the WBO welterweight titleholder fought for that amount of money.
“We won’t fight for $20 million because I don’t recall the last time we fought for that less of an amount. For $20 million, we won’t be fighting for a long time. It’s ridiculous,” Koncz told RingTV.com on Thursday.
“We have not fought for that amount for a substantial number of years. It’s absurd. Why would we recess on our guaranteed purse? I don’t recall the last time we fought for $20 million.”
Koncz and Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, will soon fly to the Philippines, where they will present Pacquiao with the choice of facing either Bradley, Cotto, Marquez or Peterson. Their meeting will happen on or after January 10.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts) is coming off of his 15th straight win, November’s disputed majority decision over Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), whom he had battled through a draw and a split-decision victory in two prior meetings.
Pacquiao stopped Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) in the 12th-round in November of 2009, dethroning Cotto for his current WBO belt. Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) owns a unanimous decision victory over Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs), who is 3-0-1 with two knockouts since that loss and is coming off of last month’s split-decision victory that dethroned Amir Khan for his current titles.
“We had some early negotiations with Bob Arum last week in Las Vegas, and came to various figures for the various four named fighters. However, we have stated that Manny does not divulge those numbers to the media, nor does he negotiate in the media,” said Koncz.
“Those are private numbers due to private taxation purposes and others, and if anybody at any point in time is going to divulge those numbers, the only one that has the right to do it is Manny himself.”
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