MANILA, Philippines – Getty Images is not planning to ask the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to suspend Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after two members of the Pacman’s entourage assaulted one of their photographers.
Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, and his close friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez were accused of punching and kicking photographer Al Bello for taking pictures of Pacquiao getting knocked out by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez last December 8.
Getty Images attorney Lizanne Vaughan wrote NSAC director Keith Kizer explaining the incident, and asked that the organization “take all appropriate actions against Mr. Pacquiao and his entourage, and expect that such will include a significant suspension period.”
But in an e-mail sent to RingTV, Getty Images publicist Jodi Einhorn clarified that “the letter addressed to the NSAC from Getty Images does not ask for Mr. Pacquiao’s suspension.”
“We believe that the NSAC is in the position to review the incident and take all appropriate actions against Mr. Pacquiao and his entourage,” Einhorn added.
The Getty Images letter sent to NSAC included photographic evidence of Kizer and Fernandez kicking and punching Bello.
Both men have apologized for their actions, though Kizer is still expected to sanction them.