He’s Manny Pacquiao’s right hand guy, the man who communicates Manny’s wants to other parties, be it Top Rank, Manny’s promoter, and in the case of the leadup to this super fight that got made after about six years, #MayweatherPacquiao.
And like I think it’s fair to say all who were heavily involved in the dealmaking process to get #MayPac off the runway, Michael Koncz is relieved.
I spoke to the Manny envoy late Friday, and he told me he felt a sense of relief. “It’s been a long six years! Yes, I’m very satisfied,” he told me in a phoner. “I’m very happy.”
He wasn’t willing to go on the record with some of the stuff I asked, like terms, because of a confidentiality agreement in the contract. But I did get him to admit that he thinks that if Manny and Floyd didn’t meet at that NBA game, there is a real good chance there would be no fight May 2.
Koncz had met Floyd a bunch of times, but “Money” and Manny had never met face to face. That face time was good, allowed them both to comprehend, he said, that the other man really wanted the fight. “Eye to eye,” he said, “It was convincing that the other wanted it.”
Koncz noted that Mayweather was basically a mensch through the process, and said, “he’s always very courteous to us.”
“The fan got what they wanted,” he continued. “Now we will see who is the pound for pound best.”
Koncz said PED testing will be in place, with the two using the same tester that Floyd has been using. “We’ve done testing the last five or six fights, so we’re not concerned about anything. Manny has never done anything illegal.” Floyd has been tested by USADA in past fights…
The PPV price hasn’t been decided, one TV exec told me, but Koncz was pretty sure it would be about $90, and $99 for high-def. The split, rumored to be 60-40 in Floyd’s favor, was a no go zone for discussion, he said. But, he said, his guy really, really wanted to make the fight, so he acquiesced to terms and conditions in proper, you could say, “B side” fashion.
He did allow that there is no rematch clause, but didn’t want to traffic much further into that detail. One might think that as long as one fight was being hashed out, might as well do two. But my thinking is, what if Manny wins? He’d have A side leverage in the sequel, so wouldn’t he want to take full advantage of that fact?
Manny, he told me, has been jogging and playing hoops at a more high cardio pace the last few weeks, to start getting his body ready for camp. Koncz spoke to him once before the deal was made live by Floyd, and after. Pacman is ready to get rocking, he said, and will likely come to America to begin preparing with Coach Roach in “a week to ten days.”
I’m hoping there is a press stop here, in NYC, but Kooncz said he’s thinking they will do one in LA, and then one in Vegas, fight week. Why spend hundreds of thousands on that, he figures, when so much hyping has already been done, and calls and teleconferences can be held?
Koncz again took the opportunity to give props to Floyd, for his decency. “I tip my hat to Floyd, he had many options, more options than us, probably,” he said. “I tip my hat to him.”
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