Pacquiao's Adviser on Rejecting Crawford: I Don't Like His Style!

By Edward Chaykovsky

As previously reported, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao has selected World Boxing Organization [WBO] welterweight champion Jessie Vargas as the preferred opponent of choice for November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Pacquiao announced his retirement in April after winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley, and then won a senatorial seat in the Philippines the following month.

By June there were already whispers of a Pacquiao comeback in the fall.


Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 knockouts), 37-years-old, will be meeting with his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, on August 10th to discuss the details of the November fight. Arum arrives in the Philippines on August 9th.

Originally the fight was targeted for a date in October at the MGM Grand, but Pacquiao's political duties created a conflict and the fight was moved.

Vargas (27-1, 10KOs) was always a frontrunner, but fans preferred a meeting between Pacquiao and WBO/WBC junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

Michael Koncz, the longtime adviser of Pacquiao, explained that Crawford's style was not to his liking.

“I don’t like Crawford’s style. I don’t believe it’s a style that suits Manny,” Koncz said to the Los Angeles Times. “His style [is the problem]! Leave it as his boxing style.”

“Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now. Boxing is in his blood. When he trains, it’s like a pressure-release valve. You can see a dramatic difference in his mood … he’s happy. It’s amazing what training and fighting does for him.”

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, had ruled out a Crawford meeting in the fall. Roach worked the corner of Viktor Postol two weeks ago, as he was dominated over twelve rounds by Crawford - who used a lot of movement, a good jab and accurate punching to win - abilities which gave Pacquiao trouble against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PAC-BOY on 08-10-2016

[QUOTE=bobd9842;16935001]You are lying. You never once mentioned "am's" to me. You are also lying by calling Crawford a runner...especially since you know he is not. You are simply a one horse, Pacman fan boy. And you know Crawford will kick…

Comment by BreWall on 08-09-2016

Koncz is just an errand boy who is at Paq's beck and call. He arranges the fighter's and his entourage's hotel accommodation. Paqcuaio scolds him like a child when he forgets to add someone in his entourage. He orders food…

Comment by bobd9842 on 08-09-2016

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;16933211]I didnt think you knew wtf you were talking about. Rodela was a pro fight. Hard Rock in Vegas. Didnt last long. TC ko'd him quick 2nd or 3rd cant really remember. I also i stated i seen him in…

Comment by PAC-BOY on 08-08-2016

[QUOTE=bobd9842;16932182]No, no,no...I'm not talking amateur fights. I'm talking professional fights. That's tricky what you tried to do though.[/QUOTE] I didnt think you knew wtf you were talking about. Rodela was a pro fight. Hard Rock in Vegas. Didnt last long.…

Comment by bobd9842 on 08-08-2016

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;16928720]nice alt...But yes i seen him Vegas when he fought David Rodela and i also seen him fight in the PAL tournament in 06 i believe it was. Cant be sure on the the exact year of the the top…

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