Michael Koncz: “Manny and I have no problem with HBO, Showtime, and with Televisa and Azteca.”

Now that Golden Boy Promotions and HBO are no longer friends, and Mayweather Jr. is working with Showtime, it seems as thought the entire world of boxing is shifting shape, and nobody knows what all of this will lead to. There is a panic so to say, because boxing fans are afraid that changes like these will rob them of certain bigger fights, and delay those that were supposed to be just around the corner.

Truthfully I am not too sure what will happen, but I doubt that any drastic changes will be taking place. Whether fights take place on HBO or on Showtime, on CBS or on Epix, fans will tune in no matter where the fight is being broadcasted.

 “If HBO has a problem with Golden Boy and Showtime, that doesn’t concern me. If Showtime has a problem with HBO and Top Rank, that doesn’t concern me either. Manny and I have no problem with HBO, we have no problem with Showtime, and we have no problem with Televisa and Azteca, the two giant Mexican networks. We don’t have a problem with anybody,” said Michael Koncz in a recent interview with RingTV.

This is the kind of attitude that I expect most of the champions to display. Of course there are contractual responsibilities, but aside from those, I don’t think that any big fight will be postponed or even scrapped because of principal and ego.

“Top Rank is our promoter and we respect that. However, the way Manny’s contract is written with our promoter, MP Promotions is co-promoter and has equal say in venues, broadcast networks and various other issues. My obligation and my duty is to do what is in the best interest of Manny Pacquiao. In that regard, what can HBO, Showtime, Televisa or Azteca be willing to do for the benefit of Manny Pacquiao, one of the all-time greatest boxers. These discussions are ongoing,” continued Koncz.

Just like Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao is a co-promoter of all of his fights, and will undoubtedly follow one rule and one rule only, when it comes to deciding on the network: go with whoever is willing to write the bigger check!

Bob Arum is of course of a different opinion:

“Our contract with Manny Pacquiao is clear. We have a contract until the end of 2014, and it provides clearly that his decisions are ours and ours alone. Manny Pacquiao will fight on HBO and HBO Pay Per View from now until as long as our contract is in effect,” stated Arum.

Arum seems to be loyal to HBO, for various reasons, but will this go down smoothly with Pacquiao if other networks step in with better terms? Contracts have been broken before, with penalties and lawsuits, but broken nonetheless. I have a feeling, that if anything, this network war will cause some fighters to jump ship and self promote.

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