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Koncz Making Moves To Expand, Build MP Promotions

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz is scheduled to leave for the United States on Wednesday for a series of important meetings which seemed to be geared towards strengthening MP Promotions rather than trying to arrange a tune-up fight for Pacquiao this April prior to a planned fifth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez in September.

Prior to his departure Koncz told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he has a meeting on Thursday in Los Angeles with “a very influential and respected gentleman out of New York involved in the stock market and also Michael King who is in LA and is involved in television distribution.”

He said King had “dabbled in boxing and they want to do something with us. They want to invest in Manny and invest in the sport of boxing.”

Koncz said he would like to see “what transpires out of this meeting and then together with “50 Cent” and some of the fighters he has. What we are hoping to do with MP Promotions as a group, a partnership. I think we can make MP Promotions a truly viable, competitive company.”

While MP Promotions has no fights lined up at the moment, Koncz revealed “we will start heavily recruiting. Honestly, we have good boxers but we need to find great boxers.”

He said they signed up Pacquiao’s Russian sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) and we are going to heavily recruit in Mexico where we all have to admit they have some great boxers.”

Koncz said they had informed Top Rank promoter Bob Arum of their plans to sign up Mexican fighters “out of respect” even as he pointed out that fighters in Mexico wind up with Golden Boy because they have no choice. They don’t want to go to Fernando (Beltran) for various reasons and Fernando is the one that takes them to Top Rank, so there’s no competition.”

He said the Mexican network Televisa is interested in working with Manny. The other problem is Beltran has Azteca so they are tied to them.”

Koncz expressed confidence that now that they have strengthened the organization with the recruitment of former Top Rank matchmaker Sean Gibbons among others, MP Promotions has “a group of guys working with us and I think we are going to make something out of MP Promotions.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SoulByThePound on 01-30-2013

[quote=hougigo] Ruslan signed with MP promotions? We must accept him as one of us. [/quote] Funniest ish i read thus far [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by turnedup on 01-30-2013

Good for him..Koncz deserves a lot of credit in regards to turning pacquaio into a star..plus pacquaio's star power helps them attract fighters (european ones for sure). I honestly think Manny is more loved across the pond than here in…

Comment by charlieg on 01-30-2013

[QUOTE=Juof;12972864]I dunno why but koncz has a face i just wanna punch he seemed like such a miserable bastard in the 24/7 episodes[/QUOTE] You'd be miserable if your chief task was blowing a filipino dude 3 times a day.

Comment by koffiekewl on 01-30-2013

He tried to managed fighters in the past and got his ass burnt,it was this Nigerian heavyweight boxer who was convicted of rape and he tried to get him out of jail but after spending alot of money the guy…

Comment by Hougigo on 01-30-2013

[QUOTE=KRAFTSMAN;12972877]I do believe that Koncz has the making of a very viable boxing promoter. He'll be eventually on his own without using Manny's name. He's learned a lot from hustler Arum.[/QUOTE] I think he'll play a part in MP promotions.…

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