Pacquaio’s Entourage Tried To Attack Photographer Who Snapped Photos After Knock Out
No one likes losing, and even less people like the idea of being knocked out, but nevertheless, these things happen to even the best athletes on the planet. That unfortunate moment came for Manny Pacquaio on Saturday night when Juan Manuel Marquez hit Pac-Man with a stiff right hand that knocked him out cold.
As Manny laid on the mat, taking a punch nap, his entourage tried to keep one photographer from catching the iconic pictures.
A Getty Images photographer named Al Bello claims that Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz and his assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez attacked him as he attempted to snap shots of Pacquiao after he got knocked out by Marquez. Bello says he was able to jump off the ring’s apron before the men could do any real damage.
“Had I not gotten off the ring, I have no doubt the two of them would have beaten the [expletive] out of me,” Bello said. “And I might have been seriously hurt, Nobody likes [taking photos of a guy when he's knocked out], but I was where I was credentialed to be and I was trying to do my job, which is to document the event. It’s no different than the war photographers who have to shoot what is happening on the battlefield. Nobody wants to do that, but you have to document the history.”
Clearly Koncz and Fernandez were not taking the loss very well at the time and felt like they should take matters into their own hands. Bello isn’t pressing charges on the two, though he wants an apology. I doubt he will get it, though.
Andrew Alvez | Elite.