Koncz: Pacquiao not interested in fighting Crawford


Posted at Jul 01 2016 04:22 AM

Koncz: Pacquiao not interested in fighting Crawford 1
Manny Pacquiao moves in with a punch against Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Retired boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has not committed himself to fight anyone, even as speculations spread about his reported comeback.

According to his business adviser Michael Koncz, the newly elected senator is still preoccupied with his new job in the Philippine Senate.

“We have not agreed on anything yet, he has been very busy with his senatorial duties,” said Koncz in Boxing Scene, when asked about the boxer’s possible return. “I will not make comments until authorized by Manny.”  

If Pacquiao indeed “un-retires,” Koncz said it is highly unlikely for the Filipino superstar to take on WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

“We have not agreed to anything and if we fight against, Crawford is not even a thought and never was,” he said.

Although Koncz didn’t mention it, it would take a high profile, lucrative bout to attract Pacquiao into coming out of retirement.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum said he has already reserved a date and venue for a potential Pacquiao comeback.

Arum told Lance Pugmire of the LA Times that they have reserved Mandalay Bay for October 15 for Pacquiao. 

"We have the date, just to protect ourselves," Arum said.

The promoter, however, admitted that Pacquiao himself "doesn't know" if he can fight in October. "He has to see what committees he has, what kind of hearings he has."

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.)