By now, you've seen shots of Manny Pacquiao laid out on the canvas on Saturday night after getting knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez (if not, click through the thumbs above to see a few of them). But, did you know that Pacman's people tried to prevent you from seeing them?
A Getty Images photographer named Al Bello claims that two members of Pacquiao's entourage—his 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. But, 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," he told Yahoo! Sports today, "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."
As of right now, Bello doesn't plan on pressing charges against Koncz and Fernandez. But, he does want an apology. Good luck with that, bro.
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[via Boxing Experts Blog]