By Nick Giongco
Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao, yesterday called the attention of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on the issue of the alleged non-payment of his professional fee following the Jeff Horn fight last week in Brisbane, Australia. “For the last five years, we have instructed our promoter to deduct said payment from our guaranteed purse and this is how our corner has been paid,” said Koncz yesterday after an article on Sports Illustrated reported that Roach has yet to collect his payment.
“If Freddie had some concern, he should have brought it up with Manny and not in the media,” said Koncz, noting that the fee of conditioning coach Justin Fortune and cutman Miguel Diaz also get theirs from the promoter.
Koncz said Pacquiao has a payment scheme that sees to it that Roach and the others receive theirs from the promoter.
“That’s how we pay them the last five years,” he said.
Meanwhile, Koncz is trying to restore order in camp following the release of statements supposedly from Pacquiao criticizing the handling of the World Boxing Organization of the officiating issue.
“That wasn’t Manny and somebody inside the camp released it,” Koncz said.
Pacquiao had become critical of the WBO following the unanimous decision loss to Horn with the referee, Mark Nelson, getting a lot of flak, and one of the three judges, Waleska Roldan, also receiving criticisms from the media and fight fans.
“Manny and I both agree that the fight was close and that Jeff Horn deserves credit,” said Koncz.
Talks of a rematch remain high with Horn even expressing his desire to host Pacquiao again in November with two other Australian cities—Sydney and Melbourne—in the running to stage a rematch alongside Brisbane.
But Koncz insists that Pacquiao “is enjoying some quality time with his family” and that a decision whether he’ll exercise a rematch option or fight elsewhere or even hang it up will be known next month.