Timothy Bradley is 'financially' the best package for Manny Pacquiao: Mike Koncz

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Manny Pacquiao said he is looking for a knockout win against Timothy Bradley when they face in the ring. Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Most of the boxing fans were disappointed when Manny Pacquiao chose Timothy Bradley as his final opponent on Apr. 9, but according to the Filipino’s adviser Michael Koncz, a trilogy against the American is “financially” the best package for the retiring Filipino boxing icon.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, Koncz explained why Pacquiao is bound for another fight against Bradley, revealing that he has considered other fighters like Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. Koncz said they are running out of options on opponents, hence the Pacquiao-Bradley III event.

“It’s not our fault, we were running out of options on opponent[s],” Koncz said. “Again, my job is to do the best I can do for Manny and unfortunately whether the fans like it or not, that’s in the financial aspect and that’s what I did.”

Pacquiao admitted it was Top Rank Promotions who chose Bradley as his next opponent, insisting that he has no personal preference with the company’s decision, according to Ryan Songalia of the Ring TV. However, the focus for the former eight-division titlist is to end his career with a bang, which he means by knocking out Bradley come fight night.

“I’m trying to have a knockout in that fight,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not saying to predict the fight, but I’m trying to do my best so the people enjoy my last fight.”

In 2012, Pacquiao lost his first bout against Bradley in a controversial split-decision, then bounced back to defeat the former multiple division champion by unanimous decision two years later. But the third chapter of their rivalry could present a different result, with Pacquiao coming off a shoulder injury while Bradley renewing his boxing career in the hands of new trainer Teddy Atlas.  

The Pacquiao-Bradley press conference is set on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel as part of the two-city tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 21.