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Koncz Insists That Pacquiao is Still Working With Fortune

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

“Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz insists that former strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune is still very much a part of Team Pacquiao but that Fortune’s arrival last Sunday was delayed because of Fortune’s schedules and business commitments.

Koncz spoke to BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard following reports that the contract to bring back  Fortune who parted ways with trainer Freddie Roach some years ago but was re-joining the Pacquiao training camp had been cancelled,  and that’s why the strength and conditioning coach hadn’t shown up at Pacquiao’s training camp in General Santos City as expected.

Koncz said “we are still working with Justin. Manny spoke to Justin and Freddie and Justin also spoke and there was no problem with Fortune’s contract.”

He claimed the reason for the delay was that Fortune owns his own gym in Los Angeles and has commitments which meant he had to arrange his schedule and make sure his gym operations continue during his seven week absence.

Koncz said Fortune’s ticket was already purchased and they would only have to change the date to fit into Fortune’s departure schedule from Los Angeles.

The adviser said that in the meantime assistant trainer Nonoy Neri was “doing well” handling the plyometrics training of Pacquiao.

At the same time Koncz said Roach is scheduled to arrive on Thursday reportedly with two sparring partners, one of whom he identified as Liam Vaughn, the 23 year old light middleweight from Britain who has a record of 8-1 with 2 knockouts but hasn’t fought any outstanding opponent.

Koncz revealed that Sean Gibbons “is looking for a back-up” sparring partner.  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by twosweethooks on 10-08-2013

Pacs fixing to get deep into a keep and then set um down and destroy RIO's

Comment by gauze on 10-08-2013

[QUOTE=Blue Mercury;13820993][IMG]http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7847/kghah.png[/IMG][IMG]http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7847/kghah.png[/IMG][IMG]http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7847/kghah.png[/IMG] Red lipstick wearing foo is getting ethered tonight![/QUOTE] what's ethered? is it like pacquaio lying face-down on the canvas? i'm not even sure what you're trying to imply...maybe you have a ton of screen names? are you that…

Comment by Blue Mercury on 10-08-2013

[QUOTE=gauze;13820987][COLOR="Blue"][B][SIZE="6"]no, i totally agree with that dude. starting EVERY SINGLE one of his articles with "fighter of the decade manny pacquiao" is ridiculous[/SIZE][/B][/COLOR]. even in articles that arent about pacquiao, and they are pretty rare, he still throws it in…

Comment by gauze on 10-08-2013

no, i totally agree with that dude. starting EVERY SINGLE one of his articles with "fighter of the decade manny pacquiao" is ridiculous. even in articles that arent about pacquiao, and they are pretty rare, he still throws it in…

Comment by edgarg on 10-08-2013

[QUOTE=WouldYouKindly?;13820668]How funny would it be if racist and hyper-nationalist Ronnie Nathanielz just once prefaced Manny with the moniker "just knocked out cold in the defining fight of his career" instead of "Fighter of the Decade" every time. It certainly would…

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