Pacquiao Yet To Decide On Trainer For Matthysse Fight

Pacquiao Yet To Decide On Trainer For Matthysse Fight

Pacquiao, who was surprisingly on the wrong end of a points decision against Jeff Horn previous year, is set to take on Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia for a WBA welterweight title this July.

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

Koncz has been vocal about possibly replacing Roach and having Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, be the fighter's head trainer in the Matthysse fight.

"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.

The senator said he plans to make decision this week on his head trainer for his upcoming fight with Argentina's Lucas Matthysse, adding Roach would have the first crack of any news.

"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". But Roach, through a spokesperson, declined to comment Sunday on the latest comments from Pacquiao.

"My advisor Mike Koncz has been in contact with Freddie's people to keep them informed".

"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.


The veteran U.S. trainer claimed last week that his 15-year association with Pacquiao had ended ahead of the Matthysse bout in Malaysia.

Boxing often resembles a fairground carousel, with its many participants getting on and off with dizzying frequency.

But the release made no mention of Roach, who had trained Pacquiao since his first fight in the United States in 2001.

The Japanese side asked for the bout to be stopped one minute and 14 seconds into the ninth round. "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".

While Ledwaba was at the receiving end of the Pacquiao-Roach partnership he is grateful that he helped hatched it and parlayed it into what was to become of the best trainer-boxer relationship.

Matthysse and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, are arriving in Manila on Wednesday for the kickoff of a two-city promotional tour. "I know that it will not be easy".

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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