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Arum, Koncz at Odds Over Manny Pacquiao's Fight Location?

By Edward Chaykovsky

There appears to be a difference of opinion when it comes to the location of Manny Pacquiao's next defense of the WBO welterweight title.

Pacquiao was in the ring back in November, when he won a twelve round decision over Jessie Vargas to capture the WBO belt at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank will sit down with Dean Lonergan of Duco Events - as they attempt to finalize a fight between Pacquiao and undefeated welterweight contender Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) for April 23rd [April 22 in the United States]. If a deal is reached, the fight would happen at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

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Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, spoke to the Manila Bulletin and said the Filipino superstar's next fight could happen elsewhere.

"While Bob Arum has the authority to negotiate for Manny Pacquiao, we are also looking at the possibility of bringing the fight to the United Arab Emirates,’’ Koncz said. “The bottom line is we are looking for the best financial package for Manny."

When questioned about Koncz's statements - Arum said his company is fully focused on Australia - at least for now - for Pacquiao's next ring appearance.

“Right now, we are only looking at Australia,’’ Arum said.

If a deal is reached with Duco, then Arum will fly to Manila to sit down with Pacquiao to work out the fine details.

Arum would like to have Pacquiao fight at least three times in 2017 - starting with Horn, but everything depends on the boxer's work schedule as a Senator in the Philippines.

“We’ll see if Manny can do three fights this year and that would depend on the senate schedule,” Arum said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing lives on 01-10-2017

Manny can certainly fight 3 times a year. After Jeff whatever his last name is they can fight Carlos Ocampo and Alex Saucedo. Look out lower ranked undefeated welterweights. Manny is coming for those 0s!

Comment by Bronx23 on 01-10-2017

Arum & Koncz are never on the same page. Koncz seems to be the only one that actually speaks to Manny and voices what Manny wants. Bob just wants what Bob wants.

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 01-10-2017

[QUOTE=bronx7;17341300]I would love a in depth investigation to koncz background. What does he actually do? What other boxer has he worked for? Why does manny blindly trust him? Even Freddy once was going to pop him. I do not see…

Comment by KnockoutKings on 01-10-2017

Manny ain't slowing down!! 3 Fights in one year! Dudes are barely fighting once a year. Didn't Konz say only one though? Man I hate that guy lol

Comment by hectari on 01-10-2017

LOL dang Arum said he would like Manny to fight AT LEAST not at MOST at LEAST 3 times in 2017, HAHAHA wow WTf? Aint arum the same guy 3 years ago who said he wants Manny to retire? Arum…

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