Pacquiao responds to Roach situation: 'I have not made my final decision'

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 16, 2018 12:45 PM
Pacquiao on Roach: 'I have not made my final decision'
“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.”

Over the weekend, news surfaced that eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao won’t be working with long-time Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach for his upcoming WBA Welterweight World Title match against champion Lucas Mathysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this July.

In a press statement, the Pacquiao camp named best friend Buboy Fernandes and Nonoy Neri as the trainers.

Roach responded to the statement saying that he wishes his former ward well, but admitted that he was hurt by how the situation unfolded.

Pacquiao and Roach have worked together for the last 15-plus years, and have 34 professional fights and seven world championships under their belt.

Now, it seems as though the split isn’t as certain as was once thought…yet.

In an Instagram post early Monday morning, Pacquiao clarified the situation surrounding him and 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’s post, which shows him hitting the mitts with Roach read.

“My advisor Mike Koncz has been in contact with Freddie’s people to keep them informed. I will make a final decision within the week.”

It was Koncz that first revealed that things between Pacquiao and Roach weren't exactly peachy, saying in an interview with ESPN's Dan Rafael that the boxer-turned-senator took issue to some of the things that Roach said to the media following Pacquiao's loss to Jeff Horn in Australia back in 2017. 

In Roach’s statement over the weekend, he revealed that he had been hurt by the fact that Pacquiao did not reach out to him personally to inform him of the supposed change.

Pacquiao ends his post by addressing that statement.

“When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media.”

Does this mean that Pacquiao and Roach are not going their separate ways after all?

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