Pacquiao's Adviser: Horn Not Our First Choice, Amir Khan Was!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Michael Koncz, adviser to eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, was hoping that a deal would be finalized with Amir Khan - but that entire scenario fell apart last month.

The two fighters announced that a deal was reached back in February, for a fight on April 23rd in UAE [televised on April 22 in the United States].

It wasn't long before that deal fell apart, after the investors who promised to back that contest were unable to show any proof of their promised $38 million to stage the fight in the Middle East.


Even before the contest with Khan was explored, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank was attempting to finalize a deal for a fight in Australia with 2012 Olympian Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) - also on April 23.

After the contest with Khan fell apart, then Koncz and Pacquiao had no choice but to turn their attention back to Horn.

The fight with Horn is basically a done deal for Brisbane’s Suncorp Arena on July 2. Both fighters have signed binding contracts to face each other.

“Jeff wasn’t our first preference, it was Amir Khan,” Koncz said to Fox Sports Australia. “That didn’t work out and we had this on the table so we decided to take it. Manny will train and do the best he can and hopefully we get the fight over with very quickly, we get out of there, say hi to the Australian fans and media and come home.”

“It’s all done [for the deal with Horn], it’s finished. It’s done. I’m hoping and I’m certain that Australia will, that’s very important and it’s important for Manny to go there and give a good showing to his Australian fans and the Australian people in general. Whether the American public or people gets behind it, I don’t know.”

“Of course I’m a little disappointed [that we didn't fight Khan]. Because we did a poll and (Pacquiao-Khan was) what the people wanted to see. Quite frankly and honestly, I’ve got nothing against Jeff Horn — I’ve never met the kid, I don’t know him personally — but the name recognition, I guess, is why the fans picked Amir Khan. I was just trying to give the fans what they wanted. It didn’t work out and thank goodness Jeff was still on the table, so we decided to it.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrRolltide91 on 04-29-2017

Yea right.....

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 04-05-2017

Lmao... Manny is an idiot and so is koncz 1. They believed they actually would get money from a Middle East "sheik" or whatever 2. The khan fight is only possible in Dubai? They couldn't put it in Vegas, U.K.,…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-05-2017

Too much money leads to corruption. We see that especially now here in the States. But even if you hate Khan, a fan would have to have liked a Khan/Pac fight. Horn is an obvious cashish grab for the Aussies.…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-05-2017

[QUOTE=KnockoutKings;17567794] I read Arum's comments on this fight and he basically said this is a money grab for himself.[/QUOTE] Yea basically. Steve Kim was talking about this on a recent podcast. Apparently Arum's deal with Joseph Parker & DUCO included…

Comment by Porter's Dad on 04-05-2017

[QUOTE=hectari;17568294]The same suspects in here hating on this fight, the floyd fans, pro blacks. How many times do you have to say you dont like the fight, in every thread? its almost obsessive just dont order the fight and dont…

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