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Manny Pacquiao Shoots Hoops as Entourage Plays Punchout
Manny Pacquiao shoots hoops as entourage plays punch out
October 16, 9:33 AM NY Boxing Examiner Michael Marley
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: BOMBS OVER BAGUIO AS PACQUIAO EXPLODES IN FIGHT
His strength, conditioning and nutrition guru Alex Ariza just jumped on his agent and go-fer Michael Koncz.
Manny Pacquiao’s beefy bodyguards had to pull an enraged Ariza off the older man in the living room of the boxer’s palatial suite at the Cooyesan Hotel in Baguio.
Ariza rained punches in the Canadian’s grill when Koncz told Coach Alex ”it’s none of your fugging business” in reply to a question about why the backstabbing and occasionally front stabbing agent was trying to persuade Megamanny to put him in his corner on fight night and remove the Freddie Roach assistant.
Ariza, 35, a young man with a solid background working with top level boxers and MMA athletes, told me Koncz has a history of messing him about.
“For the Ricky Hatton bout in May, Koncz made sure I didn’t get the wristband necessary to get past security into Manny’s locker room at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I had to go to (Top Rank president) Todd duBoef to get a wristband. Those are the kind of petty power games that Koncz likes to play.”
So what effect does all this swirling dissension have on Pacman? Not much, it seems although sources other than Ariza told me that Manny sat Koncz down and told him in no uncertain terms to keep his nose out of boxing issues.
“Manny was quite firm with Michael this time,” the source said. “Manny told him to only do what Manny tells him to do. But Michael seems to ignore these warnings because he then goes out and tries to sabotage everyone else. His real hatred is for Coach Roach as everyone knows.”
I tried to get in touch with Pacman Friday night but a man at the front desk informed the fighter and his Pacquiao Posse were unavailable because they were shooting hoops at the hotel’s basketball court.
His strength coach jumps on his agent.
And Manny works on his jump shots.
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I hope Manny is polishing his basketball skills cause after Money Mayweather gets through with him he's not gonna have a boxing career to go back to.
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