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Koncz Claims Pacquiao vs. Horn Showdown is Heading To UAE

Michael Koncz, adviser to Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, claims that the eight-division world champion’s next fight will “100 percent” be held in the UAE against 28-year-old Australian Olympian Jeff Horn.

Speaking about the fight which was expected to be held in Brisbane, Australia on the date of April 23 (April 22 in the United States), Koncz apologised to the Australian government and the fans there for the last-minute change in plans.

“It took us a while to get this deal together,”Koncz said. “There was a lot of confusion whether this is going to happen here in the UAE. [But] I’m here with full authority and power. I have been the marriage counsellor for Manny and we have developed a relationship. I’m involved in all aspects of what he does.

“We have executed the agreement in the morning and 100 percent the fight will he here in the UAE,” Koncz added with a word of caution that you “can’t believe” everything that you read on the internet.

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Earlier, Bob Arum of Top Rank, who promotes Pacquiao, claimed that he has reached an agreement with Horn’s promoter, Duco Events, for Pacquiao to defend his WBO welterweight title against in Australia.

“Yes, there was news of the fight in Australia,” acknowledged Koncz. “The way we operate, I would say I’m transparent and I’m an honest guy. If you try to manipulate a situation you have to remember what you say, but if you say the truth you have to remember nothing.

“I was aware that Bob was talking in Australia about hosting the fight there but it is fine with us,” said Koncz stressing that it was only because the deal in the UAE was not finalized at the time.

"I told Bob to go ahead but don’t close it. When Bob said it will happen there I asked him what you are talking about? A promoter works for the boxer but the boxer doesn’t work for the promoter. We have had a successful bond with him but Manny is the boss. I told him why are you speaking to the media when it is just a backup plan."

“I don’t have control over what Bob says, he talks a lot of stuff and I apologise to the people of Australia, their government there for all the confusion and also the fans here in the UAE.

Koncz admitted that the controversy of the fight venue between Australia and the UAE was “good publicity and what sells the sport”.

Al Afag tourism CEO Diaa Al Khatib whose event management wing will be handling the event, said: “We tried our best to finalise the deal for a year now and we are happy that it is through. “Where it will be held, Dubai or Abu Dhabi, will be announced in a couple of weeks and Pacquiao will be there."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jjsmyth87 on 02-11-2017

[QUOTE=komandante;17419252]The only reason why this fight not in Australia is tax as simple as that. :You_Rock_[/QUOTE] Yeah and also because the oil rich camel jockeys in the UAE have been trying to get Pacquiao for how long now? I bet…

Comment by komandante on 02-11-2017

The only reason why this fight not in Australia is tax as simple as that. :You_Rock_

Comment by aboutfkntime on 02-11-2017

[QUOTE=Rock&Roll;17419118][B][SIZE="4"]If it's in the UAE (no income tax) then there is no reason to be fighting Horn!!![/SIZE][/B] I thought it was clever Bob was getting Horn a payday and a chance a beat Manny, whilst at the same time making…

Comment by Furn on 02-11-2017

The reason for this fight happening was that the Aus state governments will put up cash to stage the fight and try to outbid each other. If they've been outbid my the UAE then it would make sense to fight…

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 02-11-2017

Fighting Jeff [who ] Horn in UAE is the beginning of the end for pac man . How do you say IRRELEVANT in tagalog/philipino?

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