By Rick Reeno
Michael Koncz, the adviser to eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs), tells BoxingScene.com that Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) and Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12KOs) missed their shot for a big pay day against the Filipino superstar.
Koncz told BoxingScene last week that Marquez passed on an offer of $13 million for a fifth fight with Pacquiao, while Bradley walked away from an offer of $6 million for a rematch. Koncz has serious doubts that Marquez and Bradley are getting paid any better to fight each other.
Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth meeting last December, while Bradley won a controversial twelve round split decision over Pacquiao last June.
As reported earlier, Pacquiao will return on November 23rd at the Venetian in Macau, against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23KOs). Marquez will face Bradley on September 14th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
If Pacquiao wins his fight, Koncz tells BoxingScene that his fighter is not even thinking about the Marquez-Bradley winner. They plan to pursue other opportunities in 2014.
"I don't even want to speculate. I gave Bradley and Marquez the opportunity to fight [Pacquiao right] now. I won't be manipulated into taking the winner out of that fight. They had their chance. I haven't discussed it with Manny yet, but I don't think Bradley and Marquez are on our radar anymore. I'll talk to Manny about that later on. Right now we are going to focuse on this fight. But I gave them the opportunity, Manny gave them the opportunity - which we felt were reasonable offers, and for whatever reason, right or wrong, they chose not to fight us - so let's all go on with our lives," Koncz told BoxingScene.com.