MANNY Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said he was working on a multi-million dollar deal in Abu Dhabi, denying he was missing in action, probably in reference to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s statement that he hadn’t been able to contact him for two days until he surfaced on Thursday.
In an e-mail to Manila Standard, which he also sent Michael Marley and others, Koncz wrote he was “trying to put a multi-million dollar deal together, that is not in or relevant to Top Rank or himself, but in the best interests of my boss Manny Pacquiao.”
Koncz revealed that he is dealing with the Royal Family members of the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Sports Authority.
At the same time, Koncz made it clear that the people he was dealing with “are not hungry for publicity at the present time,” and that when and if an agreement is reached, they would announce it in a press release.
The fight between Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito for the vacant World Boxing Council light middleweight title, is scheduled for Nov. 13 and if it is held in Abu Dhabi, it will be one day before the Formula I Grand Prix in the oil-rich emirates.
In what seems like a mini lecture, Koncz added: “There is no desire nor need to put each and every little move or detail of discussions in the media at this time. In the United Arab Emirates, there are no egos to feed.”
Koncz concluded his email by saying that if the fight deal is completed, the publicity will follow.
Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard Today