Koncz on Manny Pacquiao: The Fire is Still Burning Inside Him

By Edward Chaykovsky

Michael Koncz, the adviser to eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38KOs), had a "heart to heart" conversation with the Filipino star. Koncz got a real sense that the "the fire is still burning inside him."

Pacquiao, 37-years-old, is planning to retire following his scheduled trilogy fight with Timothy Bradley on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The retirement decision was determined to allow Pacquiao to pursue his political career on a full-time basis. He is running for a senate seat in the Philippines.

In the first bout, Bradley won a controversial twelve round split decision in 2012, but Pacquiao got revenge with a unanimous decision victory in the 2014 rematch. 

Manny Pacquiao ready to fight

A two city press tour begins this week, with the first stop taking place in Los Angeles on Tuesday and then heading to New York City on Wednesday.

“He told me that when he gets back from the press tour, he will begin training and I think that he will be going to the gym before the end of this month,” said Koncz to the Manila Bulletin.

Koncz, who is in the process of finalizing the sparring partners and training camp details, told the paper that Pacquiao plans to spend at least the first half of training in General Santos City.

Bradley is coming into the fight with new trainer Teddy Atlas, who replaced former coach Joel Diaz late last year. Pacquaio returns for the first time since losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May. Following that loss, he underwent surgery for an injured right shoulder and that kept him on the shelf for the remainder of 2015.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sterling Archer on 01-19-2016

buncha liars.

Comment by texasboi15 on 01-19-2016

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Comment by Manic Shot on 01-19-2016

I don't need to wait 'till April 9, for this crap fight. I'll just watch the REPLAY of second fight and there we go it's done!

Comment by Lou Cipher on 01-18-2016

[QUOTE=texasboi15;16399015]Why the FCK would I hide?! I WANT you know it's me you clown fck lol I get off to you fckin cowards knowing it's me Who the FCK tore your ass up?! I wish I was there BWaHAHaahahaHaHAHaaHaahaHAHAHaaHA!![/QUOTE] You…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 01-18-2016

[QUOTE=Omowale Tribe;16398111][B]Koncz is Pacquiao's adviser. Nothing more, nothing less. [/B] He personally called Broner because that's who Pacquiao wanted to fight. Arum quickly shot it down though. I'm pretty sure he forced Pac to face Bradley again.[/QUOTE] No, that is…

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