Donaire, Nietes Double Could Be in Play For The Fall

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

IN the face of MP Promotions’ Michael Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao’s scuttling of a proposal by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum for Nonito Donaire to fight on the Fighter of the Decade’s Nov. 22 card in Macau, plans are moving ahead to try and promote a double championship card featuring the Filipino Flash and WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes in the US.

Donaire told Viva Sports/Manila Standard, in an exclusive interview, that “when we signed with Top Rank at the beginning, they promised us an undercard fight with Pacquiao.”

“The only reason I pushed for that is because it’s a treat for all the Filipinos,” said Donaire.

Koncz, however, made it clear that since MP Promotions is a co-promoter with Top Rank of all Pacquiao’s fights, the addition of  Donaire on the card would not be advantageous, business-wise.

“How is he (Donaire) going to sell one more ticket that Manny can’t sell?” asked Koncz, conceding, however, that the sell-out crowd and the fans’ chants of “Nonito! NOnito!” during his title fight against Simpiwe Vetyeka, showed that  he had a following.

Koncz made it clear: “I’m not saying he doesn’t have fans. I’m not talking bad about him. Manny will sell the entire Philippine audience. No matter who you put on the card, they are not going to bring in anything substantial as to the Philippine audience. Manny will do all that. Why will we spend $1 million in profits on a fight that’s not going to generate any additional income? If it does, it will be very little. It makes no business sense.”

Faced with the firm position of Koncz, Arum turned around and indicated that based on the response of the fans and the TV audiences to the Donaire-Vetyeka fight, the Filipino Flash can stand alone. believes Donaire could be back on primetime HBO again, soon.

Based on the tape delayed telecast on HBO 2 of the Donaire-Vetyeka fight the following day, Arum said: “One thing that was good is that although HBO played the fight in the afternoon on delay, it did an incredible audience—435,000 viewers in the afternoon.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-13-2014

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;14656549]huh? It was always Koncz [url][/url][/QUOTE] "Why? There's a limit to how much ice cream you could eat. You have the biggest Philippine attraction in Manny Pacquiao. The last thing I need is another Filipino on the card." -Bob Arum

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;14654867]Arum for years didn't want Donaire on Pac's undercards. Why are they now trying to act like Koncz is to blame?[/QUOTE] huh? It was always Koncz [url][/url] [QUOTE]Donaire did admit however, that he was kicked out from the Pacquiao undercard…

Comment by Aztekkas on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14655353]Yea, excited for his move to FW... that division is getting packed. I'd say unification, but it's not possible. Inoue is vacating and moving up after his next defense, Ioka moved up and Casimero had to vacate and might move…

Comment by Hougigo on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=Aztekkas;14654834]Good post, excited about this one. It was a bittersweet moment for me when Ahas got the Ring belt and stopped Fuentes a few weeks ago. However, i am a huge fan. This guy is talented and he has good…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-12-2014

Arum for years didn't want Donaire on Pac's undercards. Why are they now trying to act like Koncz is to blame?

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