Pac-Attack on Photographer

By Robert Ecksel on December 12, 2012
Pac-Attack on Photographer
As Pacquiao lay unconscious, it wasn't only Koncz and Fernandez who feared the worst.


There’s always something in boxing to put one’s nose out of joint. The scandal du jour involves two members of Team Pacquiao that attacked a ringside photographer who was taking photos of the dead-to-the-world Manny Pacquiao as he lay unconscious.

As reported by Kevin Iole, at the conclusion of Saturday’s fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor, and Buboy Fernandez, his assistant trainer, attacked Al Bello, who works for Getty Images. Bello was doing nothing more than what his job required, which was to cover the fight and the fight’s aftermath, no matter how disturbing that aftermath might have been.

“Had I not gotten off the ring,” Bello told Yahoo! Sports, “I have no doubt the two of them would have beaten the [crap] out of me and I might have been seriously hurt.”

Bello was not seriously hurt. But the fact that Buboy was “on the ground crying” prior to attacking Bello is indicative of his state of mind at the time. It’s unlikely he was sobbing at lost revenue. Chances are he was crying because he, like millions of others, thought that Manny might be dead. 

It wouldn’t have been the first and won’t be the last time a boxer dies in the ring. Pacquiao sure as hell looked dead. We can thank our lucky stars that didn’t come to pass; Lord knows what a thorough investigation might reveal. But as Manny lay there face down, immobile for several minutes, with his wife Jinkee hysterical with fear, it wasn’t only Koncz and Buboy who thought the worst.

Many of course are up in arms and calling for the two men’s heads. They want the police involved (somehow overlooking the fact that boxing, while legal, could be misconstrued as a genus of assault and battery). One prominent member of the press wants Pacquiao, who presumably has more pressing concerns, to fire his advisor and assistant trainer if they are guilty. And if he doesn’t act accordingly, “Pacquiao isn’t the man I thought he was.”

Why don’t we let Pacquiao heal completely before we start throwing brickbats in his direction?

Because the post-fight incident happened in his jurisdiction, Keith Kizer, head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is looking into the matter.

“What I find interesting,” he said, “is that neither of these gentlemen, nor anyone else on Team Pacquiao, had any problems when the photographers were doing their jobs and shooting pictures of Ricky Hatton after Manny knocked Hatton out.”

That can kindly be called comparing apples and oranges.

If Kizer acts, we can expect him to slap the wrists of Koncz and Buboy. It might sting a little, but it’s nothing compared to believing that Manny is dead.

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  1. Charles 08:39am, 12/14/2012

    I agree, those 2 should have not done that. The photographer, should i say, must have been a professional already by this time, i bet he saw it coming. I mean, if i am to enter an arena, i expect i could get hit anytime. Remember that its not only the ring but the entire stadium was by then an arena. I don’t care about the photographer, its his job. I don’t care about those two, its their tempers. But all i know, both fighter did well a good job and was able to raise hell out of the ring, a real boxing entertainment. I am proud of them two, not to mention whatever controversies there may be. So put these 3 people aside as well as your unsupported judgement on either of the CHAMP boxers.

  2. the thresher 04:53pm, 12/13/2012

    Manny Pacquiao’s friend and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez has issued a public apology to a photographer he was accused of physically attacking after last Saturday night’s fight.

  3. the thresher 03:10pm, 12/13/2012

    Go easy on buboy!

  4. raxman 03:07pm, 12/13/2012

    thinking pac was dead? that’s a little melodramatic isn’t it? and deciding that their actions were the result of being out of their minds with worry is one hell of a presumption RE.
    if i were to use occams razor - i’d say that the most obvious motive was they were pissed off to see their mate/meal ticket beaten. they were pissed off so they lashed out at poor old matey.
    the comparision to hatton isnt that they had no problem with photos being taken then, the comparision should be, that despite being in the same position as koncz and buboy, no one at team hatton felt the need to lash out at an innocent!
    if buboy and koncz were really so concerned for manny’s mortality they would’ve had eyes only for him and wouldn’t have even noticed the photos being taken

  5. Juicy Peach 08:06am, 12/12/2012

    Guys remember that Marquez was in the fight, too. Pac-Man can’t win all the time. I can remember as a child growing up my mom used to tell me a pitcher goes to the well countless times; then one day it breaks and shatters into pieces. Pac-Man is that pitcher. Marquez hit him so hard he shattered; so much so as people thought he was dead!  Remember this also, Pac-Man is not invincible.

  6. Mike Schmidt 06:57am, 12/12/2012

    More bible class required for Buboy and Mike K.—that was not very Christian!!!!!!!!!

  7. the thresher 05:00am, 12/12/2012

    Buboy throws a mean right foot.

  8. johnpaulllanos 05:00am, 12/12/2012

    Pac-man lost but still win in filipino

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