On Friday, hall-of-fame trainer Freddie Roach claimed that he had been hurt by the attempts by the multi-weight world champion to distance himself from his trainer for 17 years.
It had been speculated that Manny Pacquiao had supposedly ended his association with Roach following his surprising defeat at the hands of Australia’s Jeff Horn last July.
Pacquiao was reportedly upset at comments from Roach discussing the Filipino’s declining abilities.
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) April 15, 2018
Roach said in his statement that he holds the memories between them very dearly. Roach also wished the 8-weight world champion well regarding his career in the ring and for his political responsibilities in his homeland.
“Manny and I had a great run for 16 years. Longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing,” Roach said.
“I wouldn’t trade any of it. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best.”
“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,” Roach added.
A DREAM COME TRUE. pic.twitter.com/SnziUSshf8
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) March 25, 2018
Things took a surprising change of turn last night when Manny Pacquiao took to social media to clarify the situation.
Pacquiao says he has yet to make a decision as to who will be his head trainer and furthermore says he will make that decision this week.
Pacquiao is also puzzled at Roach’s statement because he says his advisor is in contact with 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.”
“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.”
“When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media,” Pacquiao said.
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) April 7, 2018
Freddie Roach ‘hurt’ after split from Manny Pacquiao