Koncz doubts mega-fight will happen
MANILA, Philippines – Michael Koncz, the adviser of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, remains doubtful that a mega-fight between the Filipino icon and unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen, despite recent developments.
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Koncz confirmed that Pacquiao is willing to give Mayweather a larger share of the money and accept the American’s demands for random blood and urine testing.
“If that’s what it’s going to take to get Floyd in the ring, he would do 55-45 regardless of who wins,” Koncz said.
But comments made by Mayweather’s adviser gives Koncz little hope of the fight ever happening.
“Pacquiao can’t dictate (expletive),” Leonard Ellerbe said when informed of Pacquiao’s proposal of a 55-45 financial split.
Because of this, Koncz said he does not think that Mayweather “wants to fight Manny, to be honest with you.”
“I’m not criticizing him one way or the other, whether he should or shouldn’t. My opinion is, I don’t believe he wants to get in the ring with Manny,” he added.
“I don’t believe it (the mega-fight) is going to happen. And the longer it takes to happen, it loses some luster with each week that passes by.”
Koncz also confirmed that Pacquiao would not take any less than 45% share of the fight revenue. “I don’t believe we would take any less,” he said.
Earlier today, it was revealed that Pacquiao and Mayweather have settled out-of-court their long-running federal defamation case.
Pacquiao filed the defamation suit against Mayweather after the American accused him of using performance enhancing drugs.
The suit has since been settled, however, and Mayweather and his camp have retracted their allegations of drug use.
It is unsure, however, if the settlement will pave the way for a fight between the two top fighters of their generation.