According to a recent article by Yahoo Sports, Manny Pacquiao’s long time adviser Michael Koncz has suffered a mild heart attack, but is now safe and out of danger at a Macau hospital.
Koncz has been an integral part in Pacquiao’s decision making for a long time, and has been directly involved in most Manny’s career and life.
Let’s all hope for his quick recovery and the ability to watch his friend and client Manny Pacquiao fight live.
For Juan Manuel Marquez, boxing has not only been his blessing, but at times turned out to be a curse as well.
Marquez is a technical marvel when it comes to boxing, and he has rightfully earned not only his titles and fame, but an entire army of Dinamita fans. He has always been loyal to boxing, but strongly believes that boxing has not returned the favor.
In his fights against Pacquiao, Marquez along with a colossal amount of boxing fans disagreed with a couple of his losses, claiming an unfair and wrongful decision by the judges. Believing that history repeats itself, this has occurred once again according to Marquez and his team.
Losing to Timothy Bradley this past Saturday was not the result that Marquez expected to hear after the finishing bell of the twelfth round. Nonetheless, Bradley was given the victory in their very close fight.
Many articles have reported Marquez as looking defeated, walking away from the arena a retired man at heart. Should Marquez feel differently? Was this a fair decision by the judges? Does it even matter?
Marquez, if he wishes so, can still fight a few more huge fights, Manny Pacquiao being the obvious number one choice. The bad blood between the two is only as strong as their positions in boxing, and at this point, both champions need a confidence boosting victory.
In other words, I believe that Juan’s loss and Pacquiao’s possible future victory will force them to face one another yet again.
“Of course [I’m with] with Pacquiao… for me boksingero ako, I’m a fighter. I look at it in a different light. Kung tatanungin mo ako, I would say that Pacquiao still has the edge kase he has the speed,” stated Nonito Donaire in a recent interview.
Aside from the fact that Pacquiao is Donaire’s countryman, I think that most people out there would agree with Donaire that Pacquiao is very likely to come out a dominating winner in his fight against Rios.
Does Pacquiao have the edge and the speed over Rios as Donaire suggests? Definitely.
The main edge that Manny has is ring experience. Time in the ring against top notch competition cannot be traded or bought; one has to be good enough and lucky enough to land those fights.
Of course there is also the physical aspect of their competitiveness. Rios is younger and hungry for the win. Pacquiao is a seasoned champion with a variety of competitors that he had disposed of. Manny is probably faster is undoubtedly stronger than Rios, but at some point in time, all that goes away as people get older.
Notice, I did not say old, but instead used the term ‘older’. Like a puzzle being taken apart, physical attributes diminish slowly. So will Pacquiao enter the ring against Rios as an ‘older’ fighter, or will he be the same Manny Pacquiao that shocked the world by dominating most of his competition?
If you have an extra $2.7 million to spend, and you happen to be a Manny Pacquiao fan, you can now buy his Los Angeles mansion. The house was listed on Realtor.com, and it looks as thought Manny is hoping to make some money on his MTV Cribs featured home.
Initially he bought it for $2.17 million in 2009, looking to gain about $500,000 if sells for at least the asking price.
But as the article suggests, this home comes with some negative history as well. Apparently due to the known fact that this home belongs to Pacquiao, there have been robbery attempts while Pacman was training in the Philippines.
But what if you don’t like Pacquiao, and are a huge fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr.? Well don’t you worry, just go ahead and put an offer of $3.45 million on Floyd’s recently listed Vegas home.
Looks like both champions got bored of their mansions, and have decided to get rid of them and look for something fresh.
When Floyd Mayweather Jr. was recently asked about the possibility of making the Pacquiao fight happen, he stated the following to MLive.com: “he had a chance to make the fight in the past, and basically, that’s the best place I’d like to leave it.”
As time goes by, things are being said that bury the idea of a Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao mega-fight deeper and deeper. After numerous failed negotiations, Floyd seems happy and content with the fact that the fight was never finalized, and might never come to fruition.
Manny Pacquaio on the other hand, keeps reminding the public and the fans that he is still interested in making the fight a reality, and is ready to sit down once again and try to come to an agreement with team Mayweather Jr.
It seems as though Floyd has come to a very solid opinion on this matter, and is no longer interested in talking about or entertain the idea in any scenario. Of course with time, things may change, and the money offered on the table may grow to new heights, reeling Mayweather Jr. back to the negotiations table.