Pacquiao on firing Freddie Roach: I have not made a final decision

Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach during happier times

Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach during happier times

"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.

Roach wished the best to Pacquiao, who is 39 years old and last fought July 2, 2017, when he lost a controversial unanimous decision to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia. "I wouldn't trade any of it", Roach said. "I will make a final decision within the week", he added.

Having begun working together in 2001, Roach and Pacquiao would embark on a decade that would see the Filipino fighter named the best fighter of the 2000's by both the WBC and WBO.

Fernandez is Pacquiao's longtime right-hand man and a fixture in the Wild Card during Pacquiao's training sessions with Roach. "He's contemplating letting Buboy shine at the finish of his career", Koncz said. "When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media", Pacquiao said.

Koncz emphasized that he has enough trust on his chilhood friend as his new trainer.

However, Pacquiao said on social media on Monday that this was not the case. "But if Manny has made a final decision, it's out of my hands". He trains Jose Ramirez, who won the WBC super lightweight belt in March, and recently trained WBA featherweight title challenger Scott Quigg, a former superbantamweight champion.

The statement comes in the heels of Roach's claim that he was hurt not being informed personally by Pacquiao about being dropped from the eight-division champion's corner for his next fight against Matthyse, the reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion, on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Matthysse, robust and rowdy, wants to send the Filipino legend into retirement in a story that appeared on boxingscene. Promotional tours will be held in Manila on April 18 and later in Kuala Lumpur two days later.

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