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Pacquiao's adviser: No fight vs. Mayweather in September

What mega-fight?

Mike Koncz, Manny Pacquiao’s adviser, has denied rumors regarding a supposed agreement between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather for a fight in September.

According to the rumors, an unnamed source who is close to the situation has confirmed that Mayweather and Pacquiao have already come to terms for their much awaited mega-fight and that everything that will happen from now until September will be “just theatrics.” The story came from a YouTube commentary posted on December 13.

Yahoo Philippines’ Ronnie Nathanielsz contacted Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz shortly after he arrived at the airport in Los Angeles for a reaction to the story.

Koncz inquired where he read the story and whom did they quote as the source of the story and emphasized “It's not me, my friend.”

He added, “please do not believe everything that you read (about a Mayweaher fight) unless it comes from Manny or me.”

The two boxing superstars have been involved in so many rumors regarding a fight against each other. The closest they have been to actually signing a contract was back in 2010. Yahoo Sports’s Kevin Iole received a copy of the contract containing all the details for the planned fight. Mayweather and Pacquiao would have split the pot equally with Pacquiao weighing and walking in first and Mayweather getting introduced first. The two fighters were both on the A-side then but Pacquiao is the clear B-side now as he lost two of his last three fights.

Pacquiao’s camp declined to sign the contract as Mayweather demanded Olympic style random drug testing. The Filipino fighter later on budged on the drug testing issue but the negotiations still fell apart.

The rumors started up again when Pacquiao won over Brandon Rios in Macau, which prompted the WBC to name him as the mandatory challenger for Mayweather’s welterweight title. The undefeated American fanned the flames by frequently dropping Pacquiao’s name in conversations which were mostly to make fun of him or put him down.

Although the boxing world is in agreement that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will be one of the richest fights in boxing history, animosity between the two camps have prevented it from happening. Pacquiao fights under Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions while Mayweather promotes himself and works closely with Arum’s rival Golden Boy Promotions. Mayweather has also said time and again that he will not deal with Arum in whatever capacity.


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