Pacquiao adviser Koncz flies to Las Vegas to discuss next opponent with promoter Arum

3 Jan

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

One unified world champion, an undefeated titlist and two first ballot future hall of famers are the statuses of the four opponents adviser Michael Koncz and Top Rank Boxing founder Bob Arum will be discussing when the two meet this week to begin the selection process for WBO welterweight world champion incumbent Manny Pacquiao‘s next defence. Lamont Peterson, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto are all in the mix…

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Filipino belt-collector Pacman was last in the ring in November, when he went fist-to-fist with Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39ko) for a third – and what was billed a final – time, however, the end result (a Pacquiao win by way of majority decision) has split observers. One section regarded Marquez’s counter-punching tactic to have thwarted a sluggish Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) sufficiently enough for the three-weight world champ to collect a major honour in a fourth division – a viewpoint shared by On The Beak at the time.

However, others pointed out that the expectation prior to fight night – that Pacquiao would claim a conclusive knockout, perhaps as early as the sixth round – had an influence on people’s scoring of the fight as, when the competitive contest transpired, a more favourable stance to Marquez developed when –  like it had in the first and second duel – it was really more even.

As such, a fourth fight has been mooted yet a potential stumbling block to any negotiations for the bout could be due to Marquez’s reported unwillingness to box in Las Vegas; the scene of all three fights and one in which he is yet to gain what he believes is a deserving win.

Pacquiao has already trounced Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko). It was the bout in which he earned the WBO title he still defends and one in which he looked superior in every minute of every round until Cotto was teekayoed 55 seconds into the 12th and final round in 2009. The Puerto Rican’s successes since that fight – a hat-trick of stoppages over Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito (all at super welterweight) – have seen him fight his way back into a shot at a second highly-lucrative payday with Manny.

Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko) and Peterson (30-1-1, 15ko) both campaign in the weight class directly south of Pacquiao, super lightweight. Bradley, the holder of the WBO championship, is yet to be beat, has already fought at welterweight and is in his prime years. Peterson holds the WBA/IBF titles and is coming off the back of his most significant victory to date – a points victory over Pacquiao’s Wildcard Boxing Club stablemate Amir Khan in Washington DC, December, 2011.

All four fighters will be the focus of Arum and Koncz’s conversations this week as Koncz has specifically jetted into Las Vegas to meet Arum, according to Manila Standard Today. Pacquiao was due to attend yet has decided to spend further time with his family.

Instead, Koncz will report back to Pacquiao in Manila next week, January 10 where a final decision could be reached.

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