Announcements of their break up have been enormously over-exaggerated. Or are at the very least untimely.
Just days after a Manny Pacquiao affiliate launched an announcement asserting that assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri would prepare him for his upcoming struggle towards Lucas Matthysse, Pacquiao issued an announcement on his Facebook web page denying that any decision had been made concerning his future with Freddie Roach.
“Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 fight (July 15 in Malaysia) with Matthysse. My advisor Mike Koncz has been in contact with Freddie’s people to keep them informed,” wrote Pacquiao on Sunday.
“I will make a final decision within the week. When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media.”
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) April 15, 2018
Roach, who has skilled Pacquiao since his 2001 upset KO of Lehlohonolo Ledwaba to win the IBF junior featherweight title, had issued his personal assertion shortly after the preliminary launch, stating that he was “hurt” by not being personally knowledgeable.
“I would be lying if I [said] I wasn’t hurt that he didn’t contact me personally about his decision,” Roach mentioned. “But the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that.”
Pacquiao and Roach have been probably the most celebrated boxing tandem this century, with Pacquiao being named Fighter of the Decade by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) for the 2000s, whereas the BWAA additionally awarded Roach Trainer of the Year seven instances.
The 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) hasn’t fought since final July when he suffered a shock loss to Jeff Horn in Australia.
Their relationship has been icy afterwards, with Roach saying per week after the struggle that he hadn’t but been paid, and later telling the LA Times in February that he had tried calling Pacquiao 5 instances since then however hadn’t heard again.
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