MANILA, Philippines – Michael Koncz pointed out that Manny Pacquiao wasn’t playing around when he challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a charity fight.
Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser said the Filipino superstar figured out that if it is the fight pay that is blocking the super bout, then they might as well do away with it.
Koncz also cited that Pacquiao has been chasing Mayweather long before the Filipino’s tax issues came out.
"The fact that Floyd made the comment a few weeks ago that we're like an old dog chasing a bone and we need the money and that's why we want to fight him, that's totally not true," said Koncz in Lem Satterfield’s RingTV report.
Mayweather earlier claimed that Pacquiao is desperately seeking the mega fight to solve his tax woes in with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He described the Filipino superstar as a “desperate dog.”
But Pacquiao came back with a dare.
“I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight,” Pacquiao said.
“We will donate all the proceeds from the fight – guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements – to charities around the world.”
The usually talkative Mayweather remains silent on Pacquiao’s challenge.
Koncz said Pacquiao has been chasing Mayweather to establish a lasting imprint on boxing.
"The fight would mean history, and Manny wants the fight with Floyd, and if that's what the fans want, then that's No. 1. No. 2,” said Koncz.
The Canadian boxing manager added that the beneficiaries will be the biggest winner in the fight, which is predicted to eclipse the $150 million worth of pay-per-view buys set by Mayweather with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“I don't believe that its ever been done before where the entire purse has been given away to charity in a fight of this magnitude. Manny is dead serious about that, and he's willing to do it."
Pay back to fans
Koncz said both Pacquiao and Mayweather no longer have to earn more to be wealthy.
He said Pacquiao thinks it is time for them to give back to the needy by giving away their purse to the poor.
"I spoke to Manny tonight and he said 'with both of us being wealthy, it's our turn to pay back the people and to give to the less fortunate.' That's a quote from Manny. This is a statement that Manny has made that's sincere," said Koncz.