Manny Pacquiao to announce trainer in next seven days

Manny Pacquiao to announce trainer in next seven days

Manny Pacquiao hits the pads with trainer Freddie Roach during a training session at the PCYC Boxing Gym at Milton on June 26, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

During their 16-year, 34-fight association, ring legend Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach reached glorious heights and forged a seemingly unbreakable bond.

"I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't hurt that he didn't contact me personally about his decision", said Roach in an official statement released to various media outfits.

"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 Matthyse", said 'The Pacman'. "If Buboy can get a stable of boxers out of this no hard feelings to Freddie, but Manny has not made a final decision". And Roach, for the first time since Pacquiao's 2001 United States debut, will not be in his corner.

He said Pacquiao's business manager Michael Koncz informed Roach's assistant in a phone call saying "don't believe everything that you read". Pacquiao and Roach have been a team since the Filipino fighter's American debut in 2001.

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"I think it is too late now for Manny and Roach to split because they have been together for a long time", he said.

Two months ahead of his match with world welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse, news circulated in the media on Saturday that the boxing champion has reportedly fired his coach for the last 15 years. "Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best".

One of boxing's most successful partnerships is no more. One stop will be in Manila on April 18 and the second will be April 20 in Kuala Lumpur.

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. "What's important to Manny is that he has one voice to listen to in the corner that he trusts and I guess that's Buboy for this fight".

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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