By Michael Marley
Manny Pacquiao's tireless agent, Michael Koncz, has no Ivy League background.
The Canadian is no blueblood and was not hatched with a silver spoon plus balut in his mouth.
He didn't even have any spoon. He's a working class guy, always has been.
But, like the hard-charging hockey defenseman who hustles and digs into the corner to get the puckhandler, Koncz is always on the move.
Right now, Koncz is just back from Singapore and getting ready to accompany the Pinoy Idol and Congressman from Sarangani to Los Angeles, New York, Washington and San Francisco for a media tour to hype the nearly sold out May 7 title defense against sagacious veteran Sugar Shane Mosley.
Ronnie Nathanielsz reported the details about Koncz and Pacman pal, powerful politician Luis "Chavit" Singson trekking to Singapore.
I asked Koncz if a fight in that Asian location might require Manny and Coach Freddie Roach to develop a new punch.
Yeah, that's right...the Singapore Sling...but without the tiny parasols. The "Manila Ice Singapore Sling" we could label it.
"We just got back last night," Koncz told me late Tuesday night by phone.
"It was OK. I've got no names to report to you, only to say these are solid, well-heeled business people, some of whom brought the F1 (auto racing) to Singapore.
"No doubt about them, they're a legitimate group. They're not casino or gambling people but Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas ower broker and casino mogul) has two casinos there," Koncz said.
(Adelson and promoter Bob Arum move in the same Vegas social circles.)
Will it be November? I don't know because we're totally focused on Mosley. As Manny keeps on saying, he's never fought anyone with as deep an amatuer background or with all the pro experience that Shane brings into the ring.
"For five, maybe six rounds, Mosley is very dangerous. In later rounds, yes his age might play a factor but not early on in the fight.
"I'm thrilled at how fast tickets sold (16,000 went out the MGM Grand window in 180 minutes) but I am not surprised. Despite what some critics have said, the public does not view Mosley as any kind of dead man, any opponent from the graveyard," Koncz said.
The agent said discussions with the Singapore group are not tied to a specific opponent or time frame. And the name Floyd Mayweather Jr. was never mentioned.
"This is about Manny giving back to the fans, to give fans who can't get to Dallas or to Las Vegas to have a chance to see him fight in person. I also think it keeps Manny excited and fresh, going to different countries and having a change of scenery.
"Mayweather, as far as we know now, is unavailable. So numbers we discussed in Singapore would change and change dramatically and drastically if Mayweather was the likely opponent."
Koncz said Pacman will arrive in LA Feb. 9, spend two days there and then continue on his dog and pony promotional schedule.
Koncz also reported that Pacquiao is in talks for a second video game endorsement with a creative backdrop away from his boxing exploits.
A group from Abu Dhabi is keen on doing this, according to Koncz.
Finally, in terms of Pacman perhaps visiting the Oval Office in Amercia's capital city, Koncz said the wheels are in motion.
"The two big factors are President Obama's schedule, of course, and then we requested Secret Service and all other necessary clearances for the four people in our group who would meet President Obama," Koncz said.
"We've already got a clear invitation to go to the US Senate floor as personal guests of Sen. Harry Reid.
As for Sen. Reid, a teetotaling and devout Mormon from tiny Searchlight near Las Vegas, there will be only sasparilla, no Singapore Slings.