FILIPINO boxing promoters and managers are up in arms against Canadian Michael Koncz, the financial adviser of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
Saying they could no longer stand what they claim as “acts of injustice towards the Filipino boxing community,” the boxing promoters will meet today in an undisclosed place to come up with a manifesto declaring Koncz “persona non grata.”
A Manila Standard Today source said that promoters, who have confirmed to attend the gathering and sign the manifesto, include Raffy Panagan, Aljo Jaro, Bebot Elorde, Deo Sotto, Brico Santig, Ronald Jerez and Emil Romano. Others will not be able to attend, but they reportedly support the move.
“Masyado nang abuso itong si Koncz. He throws his weight around because of his strong ties with Manny Pacquiao, kaya kahit ang Top Rank nangingilag kay Koncz dahil ayaw nilang ma offend si Manny,” said one of the promoters, who will attend the meeting.
The promoters claimed having at the poor receiving end of Koncz’ influence a lot of times, the most recent of which was the last-minute cancellation of the fight of Filipino boxer Ernie Sanchez in the US.
Sanchez, a native of General Santos City like Pacquiao, was scheduled to fight world-ranked Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas in the main card of a boxing promotion by Top Rank on Saturday in California.
Sanchez and his manager, Brico Santig, already had the fight contract signed with Top Rank’s Brad Goodman, round-trip tickets and authority from the Games and Amusement Board.
But two days before Team Sanchez was to take the flight to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Filipino matchmaker Ronald Jerez received an email from Goodman, telling him the promotion was canceled because Koncz opposed the fight, claiming managerial rights over Sanchez.
Jerez said Goodman insinuated that Top Rank’s top boss Bob Arum does not want to disappoint Pacquiao, who has irrefutable closeness with Koncz.
Top Rank is promoting Pacquiao’s rematch with Tim Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas.
Sanchez himself disowned Koncz’ rights over him.
“Wala po akong pirmahang kontrata kay Mr. Koncz, kaya wala po siyang karapatan sa aking mga laban. Nakaka-depressed po talaga. Nakapangutang na po ako ng malaki para sa panggastos ng pamilya ko habang naghahanda ako sa laban na ito. At ang nakakapanghinayang po is ung malaking opportunity na makabalik po ako sa world ranking,” lamented Sanchez.
While Sanchez fought in the two undercards of Manny Pacquiao fights in 2012 under MP Promotions being run by Koncz, his listed manager then was Rey Golingan.
After those two fights, Sanchez said he felt shortchanged from his fight purse and went back to General Santos and into semi- retirement for eight months until Brico signed him up for a bout in Mexico that re-started his ring career.
As it turned out, his two fights under MP Promotions which he both won, were not sanctioned by the GAB. Thus, his official fight record at the GAB is listed at 12-5, instead of 14-5.
The promoters are also urging the GAB to sanction Koncz for bypassing the Philippine regulating body for boxing.
Koncz is the same man blamed by Pacquiao’ Filipino lawyer Franklin Gacal for the Filipino champion’s tax woes.
In a recent interview by Fight Hype with Gacal, he expressed belief that Koncz had his own agenda in a lot of Pacquiao’s transactions.
Gacal said Koncz has kept most of Pacquiao’s contracts from him, preventing him from scrutinizing the legal documents.