Pacquiao Claims No Decision Made On Freddie Roach

Pacquiao Claims No Decision Made On Freddie Roach

Manny Pacquiao has said he has not made a final decision on who will be his trainer for his upcoming world title fight against Lucas Matthysse following reports he had left 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 with Matthysse", Pacquiao said in the statement.

The veteran U.S. 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.

Roach released a statement in which he expressed his disappointment that Pacquiao did not personally inform him of the split.

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

Roach said he has not been officially informed by Pacquiao that he will no longer be hired as the lead trainer in the Matthysse fight.

As of Sunday, however, Pacquiao was claiming the press release didn't come from him personally.

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"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".

He will be trained by Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri for his fight against Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) for the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on July 15. He now holds a record of 59 wins off 38 knockouts and a seven-loss slate.

Having begun working together in 2001, Roach and Pacquiao would embark on a decade that would see the Filipino fighter named the best fighter of the 2000's by both the WBC and WBO.

According to Lance Pugmire of LA Times: "Fernandez and Neri are longtime friends and confidants of Pacquiao, but their corner work is nowhere near the caliber of Roach, who has also worked with Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan".

He added long-time advisor Michael Koncz has been in contact with the people of Roach to 'keep them informed'.

"This is the fight I have always wanted".

And he insists the show will be Malaysia's biggest since Ali fought Joe Bugner, in Kuala Lumpur, back in 1975.

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