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Koncz Backs Arum: Pacquiao's Corner Didn't Have a Strategy!

Michael Koncz, the long-time adviser to eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, agrees with the opinion of Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum - who felt Pacquiao's corner was overconfident and unprepared for last weekend's world title defense against 2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn.

Pacquiao's head trainer, Freddie Roach, and other members of the corner, admit they very surprised with the toughness and the durability of Horn. Prior to the contest, they were giving Horn zero chance of wining.

Horn upset the odds, winning a twelve round unanimous decision to capture Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title before a crowd of over 51,000 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The three judges were in agreement, scoring the contest 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111 for Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs).

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In the opinion of Arum, Pacquiao's corner was in chaos during the contest and he says they were way too overconfident coming in.

The veteran promoter believes the entire corner dropped the ball in what was a very winnable fight for the eight division world champion. And Arum says the entire corner should be on point here - including head trainer Freddie Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, conditioning coach Justin Fortune and cut man Miguel Diaz.

“What the hell is wrong with that corner? Why wasn’t Freddie Roach out in the ring between rounds yelling at the referee? It’s his job, and there’s confusion in the corner with the languages, with Buboy and Miguel Diaz yelling and screaming like a maniac,” said Arum to The Los Angeles Times.

“And Freddie has to stay close to Manny to give him some advice … to me, they were so overconfident going in — Justin Fortune tells the press that the only way Horn can win is if Manny trips going into the ring. I had seen the kid. I told everybody he was a big, tough kid who could take a punch. I didn’t think he’d beat Manny, but it wasn’t the same Manny.”

Koncz, also felt the corner was lacking.

“The corner didn’t have a strategy. They were all amazed Jeff Horn was such a tough, rugged fighter and they didn’t adapt to it. There’s a lot of blame to go around, but the bottom line is the kid had a lot of heart and came to win and did everything he could to get it, and the referee let him do more than he should have,” Koncz said.

“If we go back to Australia, I’ll be more involved with the promotion and the selection of the judges and referee. I relied heavily on the WBO. Everybody can be blamed for everything for this. If we do have a rematch, there’s got to be a lot of changes. We’re not sure he’s ever going to fight again. I told Manny before the fight that if things didn’t happen, we would sit down and make decisions on what we need to do."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SweetPbfAli on 07-05-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17833787]true, but only if Manny is also included in there would Mayweather have taken Horn lightly..... ? nope he would have trained exactly the same as he did for everyone else[/QUOTE] Floyd's work ethic should be the model for all…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 07-05-2017

Koncz AND Arum going off like they OWN Manny. Complete b.s. Manny needs to go rogue on those two, chop em off at the ankles, out of Manny's life forever. It's the only way the guy can do his last…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 07-05-2017

[QUOTE=paulf;17831707]Read the article, he's not throwing Roach under he bus. [B]He says everyone is to blame, himself included, for taking Horn lightly.[/B] Fair stuff from Koncz. Well all know Pac ain't retiring tho.[/QUOTE] true, but only if Manny is also…

Comment by Code Red on 07-05-2017

[QUOTE=Pac=Duran;17831320]Pac obviously won. Clearer than Kov vs ward 1. Horn did well against an aging Pac but used very [B]dirty tactics[/B] and jjst because you do better than expectations doesn't mean you should get the decision.[/QUOTE] Well at least Horn…

Comment by JK1700 on 07-05-2017

Damn you know it's over when Bob "I Have No Soul" Arum & Koncz aren't even backing Pacquiao anymore. A few years ago they were telling everyone who would listen that he's the GOAT. Bet everything you've got on Horn…

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