Koncz Responds To Ariza's Allegations on Pacquiao Firing
By Michael Marley
Michael Koncz, the agent for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, thinks those who accuse him of all kinds of machinations, skullduggery and both front and backstabbing need to dummy up.
According to the Canadian native, the 32-year-old Congressman from Sarangani Province makes his own decisions in both politics and in his first chosen profession, boxing.
I phoned Koncz, who was in Los Angeles with Pacquiao on Friday and getting ready to fly to Las Vegas for a Saturday presser at the MGM Grand for the May 7th Shane Mosley bout, and asked him about persistent reports that:
A) he had something to do with conditioning coach Alex Ariza's getting canned by the also Freddie Roach-trained world champ Amir Khan;
B) that he is pushing Pacquiao to similarly axe the outspoken Ariza, who once punched Koncz in the face at a Bagiuo training camp;
C) that he acts, as some allege, as "the Black Pope" who pulls Pacquiao's strings as though the fighter is some pugilistic puppet.
Koncz's answers are, in this order, no, no, no and smarten up.
"That is absolutely absurd," Koncz said. "I find it absolutely amazing that people come up with these unfounded charges and allegations. It's not that I'm concerned about me or my own reputation because I am not. But Manny is very intelligent. Manny is the boss. What offends me is that these type of stories just insult Manny's intelligence."
"I find it amazing that some people think I have so much power. As far as Alex goes, I've got no problem with him or his work. As far as I know Alex is on Manny's team and that's a situation that would involve Manny and Freddie and not me. I don't get into any discussions about what Alex does."
As far as meddling into Ariza's well-documented rift with the Khan camp (he called the boxer's father Shah "a cab driver" ill-suited to high level boxing decisions), Koncz said that is beyond ridiuclous.
"I never had anything to do with Amir Khan," Koncz said.
Koncz said the Pacquiao group is tentatively slated to return to Manila on Feb. 18 although Manny's competing with teammates Justin Bieber (his hairalike) and Jimmy Kimmel in an NBA All Star Celebrity game could delay that departure. The fun game is scheduled for that date.
Pacman will launch training for the Mosley match in Manila, spending about 10 days there, and then move his camp to Baguio on March 13 with an exit to Los Angeles and Roach's Wild Card Gym set for April 9.
No Koncz, people don't think you have "that much power", my guess is the majority of people who even know your name just think you are a master manipulating snake. When Koncz was pushing for a Cotto rematch over a…Comment by fastblack on 02-11-2011
just blame everything on buck toothed shah khan. ariza is a cook. Koncz is a zero. But the shah of all cabs with the 2 foot gap in his front teeth is the ruler of all london. ariza is a…Comment by isbj on 02-11-2011
If Pacquiao's camp cuts Ariza they better pay him a hefty severance and put a clause in there to keep him from talking! Ariza will tell all, if he gets dumped in a bad way. I think Ariza could sense…Comment by Buffalo on 02-11-2011
aaaaaawwwwwww did the relationship hit a rough patch. They sound like they just ended an engagement.............hmmm!Comment by heihaci on 02-11-2011
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