Pacquiao's Adviser: Mayweather's Boss is Al Haymon

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Manny Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, who now works with Floyd Mayweather Jr has suggested that for negotiations on a planned May 2 fight to move forward, the two fighters should talk to each other and not through the media.

Ariza reiterated Mayweather’s remarks during a radio interview that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum calls the shots, not Pacquiao, and that “it’s the actions that count, not the talk.”

He suggested that the best way to resolve the issue would be for Pacquiao “to call Floyd, agree to meet in a restaurant or some place and discuss the terms” of a possible fight.

However, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz shot down the suggestion saying “it won’t work.”

Koncz recalled that some years ago when he put Pacquiao on the phone with Mayweather - “Floyd insulted him by offering Manny $40 million, take it or leave it.”

Koncz also questioned Mayweather’s claims that he is his own boss unlike Pacquiao,  stating that "Mayweather’s boss is Al Haymon,”  even as he made it clear that Arum was only Pacquiao’s promoter.

Ariza posed the question, “what did Manny agree to?” citing the issue of what size gloves they would wear, which corner would they take, who would be the ring announcer – Jimmy Lennon or Michael Buffer and several other issues.

Ariza said “how could there be an agreement when the networks - Showtime which has a six-fight deal with Mayweather of which four have already taken place and Pacquiao who is tied up with HBO Sports “haven’t agreed.”

He also asked who are the Pacquiao people negotiating with on the Mayweather side which is something that Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz has declined to reveal claiming that it was confidential.

When we posed the question again to Koncz reiterated that the people they spoke to were able to negotiate on behalf of Mayweather but they had agreed from the beginning not to reveal who was involved in the talks from both sides.

Koncz said the bottom line is “Floyd is not going to fight Manny and his claims that he wants the fight badly are not true.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dle on 01-22-2015

Sounds funny coming fr om an adviser himself. Difference is Al Haymon has a stable. Then PAC has 2 bosses his adviser and uncle bob. Aka Bobcat.

Comment by pac2 on 01-21-2015

Its not that mayweather is scared, but I hate narrccissistic people. When you are dealing with an ego maniac, yhey care about dumb ish like whos name is gonna be first in the building up to the fight on posters;…

Comment by Sweden2716 on 01-21-2015

Floyd do not fight Manny !!! Protect your health, smart thing to do. Protect your 0 (zero) losses on your record, smart thing to do. Give excuses why there will be no fight, smart thing to do. Floyd better to…

Comment by Boxing lives on 01-21-2015

Mayweather is Al Haymon's son. He has to give Haymon 15% of his money like a stupid f[I]uck n[I]i[I]gga[/I][/I][/I]

Comment by Sweden2716 on 01-21-2015

Floyd you are the only person that can make the fight with Manny, you are the boss, the one with final say if there is a fight or not, well Floyd is there a fight or not ? If there…

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