clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Buboy Fernandez issues apology in Team Pacquiao photographer incident

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.

Jeoffrey Maitem
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Yesterday, Team Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz said that an alleged attack on a ringside photographer was a "misunderstanding," which didn't go over particularly well with most who have followed the story.

But today, Buboy Fernandez, Manny's assistant trainer and lifelong friend, has issued a real apology for his role in the incident, via

"I just want to reach out to the guy and say I am truly sorry but I do not know how to reach him. It finally dawn to me that you can help me by putting up an article stating that I wanted to apologize. Please tell him I am truly sorry.

"I think I reacted that way because I was confused and did not know how to react after seeing for the first time my best friend and benefactor flat out on the canvas and not moving at all.

"You know how much he means to me as I owe him my life and everything I have. I will do anything to protect him. I wanted to get close to him and help but rules prevented me from doing so. I felt helpless and I my pent up emotions just build up. Perhaps that’s why I behaved like I did."

The photographer, Al Bello, has said he doesn't want to involve police, and had asked only for an apology from the other parties. Fernandez's statement rings sincere, and he deserves credit for accepting responsibility and seeking to make things as right as he can, I'd say.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook