Pacquiao, Roach part ways ahead of Mathysse bout
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 14, 2018 11:36 AM
HAPPIER TIMES: Eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach have parted ways after a 15-year partnership. (AP File Photo)
Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach have parted ways, as confirmed by both sides Friday.
Pacquiao, 39, is gearing up for a WBA Welterweight World title bout against champion Lucas Mathysse of Argentina, and for the first time since 2001, the Pinoy boxing legend won’t be having Roach by his side.
Instead, as stated in a news release from his camp, Pacquiao will be trained by best friend Restituto ‘Buboy’ Fernandez and Raides ‘Nonoy’ Neri.
This is from @MannyPacquiao's release:— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) April 13, 2018
Pacquiao will be joined by his new promotions team along with trainers
Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri.
In an interview with ESPN Boxing Writer Dan Rafael, Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz explained that the split was caused by issues stemming from Pacquiao’s previous fight - a 12-round decision loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane.
"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." Koncz said.
"That's Manny's decision. Manny has told me Buboy will be handling the training on this fight," Koncz added. "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."
As it turns out, Roach did not hear about the split first-hand.
Via Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Roach confirmed the split and bares that he was hurt by how it all went down.
1/2 Statement from @FreddieRoach : "Manny and I had a great run for 15 years -- longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn't trade any of it. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) April 14, 2018
2/2 statement from @FreddieRoach : I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't hurt that he didn't contact me personally about his decision, but the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) April 14, 2018
Pacquiao and Roach worked together for 34 bouts, which included seven of Pacquiao's eight world championship wins.
The Pacquiao-Mathysse showdown for the WBA Welterweight World Title is set for July 15th at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.