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Manny Pacquiao: 'No Decision' On Trainer After Ditching Freddie Roach

Manny Pacquiao: 'No Decision' On Trainer After Ditching Freddie Roach

The 58-year-old trainer made the pronouncement after admitting he hasn't personally heard from the boxing legend since they worked together last year in a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Australian Jeff Horn to yield Pacquiao's welterweight version of the World Boxing Organization.

MANNY Pacquiao remains quick on the offensive, emphasizing he hasn't made a decision yet whether or not the legendary Freddie Roach will still be on his corner for his world welterweight title fight against Lucas Matthyse.

Pacquiao is scheduled for a match with Matthysse on July 14, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I will make a final decision within the week.

"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 with Matthysse", Pacquiao said in the statement.

"There was some concerns Manny had in the last fight and some statements Freddie made to the media that Manny wasn't very pleased about".

Roach was ever-present in Pacquiao's corner during his rise to the pinnacle of his sport, helping mold the fighter into one of the best boxers in history. But Roach, through a spokesperson, declined to comment Sunday on the latest comments from Pacquiao.




He said Pacquiao's business manager Michael Koncz informed Roach's assistant in a phone call saying "don't believe everything that you read".

The veteran United States ring guru Roach said last week that his 15-year association with Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had been terminated ahead of the Matthysse bout in Malaysia.

"Manny and I had a great run for 15 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing".

Pacquiao and Roach joined hands in mid-2001 when the then unknown General Santos City puncher wandered into the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

Roach told Yahoo Sports that Pacquiao did not notify him of the move.

"I will forever be grateful to be associated with what these two achieved", he said. I wouldn't trade any of it. "I don't know if he was upset with me or what".