Boxing Frenzy: Pacquiao Entourage Beat Down Razzi after KO! [Photo]
Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz (gray suit) and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez (gray sweatsuit) punched and kicked photographer Al Bello as he was trying to take pictures of Pacquiao face down on the canvas
“Had I not gotten off the ring, I have no doubt the two of them would have beaten the [expletive] out of me and I might have been seriously hurt,” photographer Al Bello told the site.
“Nobody likes doing that, but I was where I was credentialed to be and I was trying to do my job, which is to document the event,” Bello said. “It’s no different than the war photographers who have to shoot what is happening on a battlefield. Nobody wants to do that, but you have to document the history.
“I’ve been a fan of Manny and I have shot a lot of his fights. I watched all the ’24/7s’ [on HBO], but what happened here was not right.” – yahoo sports
After watching their superstar fighter get KO’ed (by Juan Manual Marquez), Manny Pacquiao’s entourage took it to another level! They started kicking and punching a papparazzi photographer, Al Bello, as he tried to take pictures of Pacquiao knocked out, face down on the ground! Pacquiao assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez even climbed in the ring and tried to follow Bello [Photo Slideshow]! Initially, Fernandez texted Yahoo, “Not an assault just a miss understanding in the heat of the moment.” After Yahoo told him that they had a lot of photo evidence, they did not hear a response back from Fernandez. Bello said that Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, asked Bello not to take pictures of Pacquiao, and that set off Fernandez and Pacquiao advisor, Michael Koncz. The Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer is reviewing the incident, and considering penalties against the two attackers. Bello said that Roach later apologized for asking him not to take photos, added that he is not looking to press charges, but does want a simply apology from both Fernandez and Koncz. Check out the Bello’s comments above, and the KO on video below!