The advisor of eight-division titlewinner Manny Pacquiao said the fighter is unaffected by the rift between HBO and Golden Boy Promotions, the latter of which is a rival to Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
Koncz was responding to RingTV.com in the wake of HBO’s announcement of its indefinite decision to no longer purchase fights from Golden Boy Promotions.
“If HBO has a problem with Golden Boy and Showtime, that doesn’t concern me. If Showtime has a problem with HBO and Top Rank, that doesn’t concern me either. Manny and I have no problem with HBO, we have no problem with Showtime, and we have no problem with Televisa and Azteca, the two giant Mexican networks. We don’t have a problem with anybody,” said Koncz.
“Top Rank is our promoter and we respect that. However, the way Manny’s contract is written with our promoter, MP Promotions is co-promoter and has equal say in venues, broadcast networks and various other issues. My obligation and my duty is to do what is in the best interest of Manny Pacquiao. In that regard, what can HBO, Showtime, Televisa or Azteca be willing to do for the benefit of Manny Pacquiao, one of the all-time greatest boxers. These discussions are ongoing.”
However, Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, disputed Koncz’s statements.
“Our contract with Manny Pacquiao is clear,” said Arum. “We have a contract until the end of 2014, and it provides clearly that his decisions are ours and ours alone. Manny Pacquiao will fight on HBO and HBO Pay Per View from now until as long as our contract is in effect.”
Pacquiao is coming off December’s HBO Pay Per View-televised sixth-round knockout loss to four-division beltwinner Juan Manuel Marquez, with whom a fifth bout is being considered for the fall either in Macau in China, or in Singapore, said Koncz.
“We need a venue. There has to be a deal finalized for Manny in the fall, regardless of the opponent,” said Koncz, adding that Arum is working on the deal for Pacquiao’s next appearance.
“I talked to Bob yesterday, and he’s hopeful that the [Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel] can wrap things up within seven to 10 days from now.”
Also under consideration for Pacquiao is a rematch with WBO beltholder Tim Bradley, who dethroned Pacquiao on HBO Pay Per View by controversial split-decision in June. Bradley is coming off this past Saturday’s HBO-televised unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov after having risen from a 12th-round knockdown.
Pacquiao fought on Showtime Pay Per View in May of 2011, scoring a unanimous decision over Shane Mosley in defense of his WBO welterweight belt. It was the first time that either fighter had appeared on the rival network.
In November of 2012, however, Pacquiao returned to HBO Pay-Per-View for his third meeting with Marquez — a majority decision victory for the Filipino super star — thanks to a deal that included HBO’s 24/7 series being broadcast on CNN and “on free cable,” as well as international promotional interviews featuring Pacquiao on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
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