Monday, April 23, 2018  |


Manny Pacquiao denies decision on Freddie Roach has been made

Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias


Announcements of their split have been greatly over-exaggerated. Or are at least premature.

Just days after a Manny Pacquiao associate released a statement announcing that assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri would train him for his upcoming fight against Lucas Matthysse, Pacquiao issued a statement on his Facebook page denying that any decision had been made regarding his future with Freddie 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 (July 15 in Malaysia) with Matthysse. My advisor Mike Koncz has been in contact with Freddie’s people to keep them informed,” wrote Pacquiao on Sunday.

“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.”

Roach, who has trained Pacquiao since his 2001 upset KO of Lehlohonolo Ledwaba to win the IBF junior featherweight title, had issued his own statement shortly after the initial release, stating that he was “hurt” by not being personally informed.

“I would be lying if I [said] I wasn’t hurt that he didn’t contact me personally about his decision,” Roach said. “But the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that.”

Pacquiao and Roach have been the most celebrated boxing tandem this century, with Pacquiao being named Fighter of the Decade by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) for the 2000s, while the BWAA also awarded Roach Trainer of the Year seven times.

The 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) hasn’t fought since last July when he suffered a shock loss to Jeff Horn in Australia.

Their relationship has been icy afterwards, with Roach saying a week after the fight that he hadn’t yet been paid, and later telling the LA Times in February that he had tried calling Pacquiao five times since then but hadn’t heard back.


    Pac’s wife wrote that for him. Pac no speak the English good.

    • Jamil Salvo

      yeah that’s true but you can’t measure a man’s intellect base on mere language.

      • Turner Wednesday

        True. But Manny is dumb as a rock.

        • Ruben Reyes

          Really? he speaks two languages, has made millions in boxing AS A FOREIGNER, elected as a Senator…and some internet troll is calling him dumb? sheesh.

          • Turner Wednesday

            He’s homophobic, lost millions, not paid his taxes, cheated on his wife, gambled, drank, allowed Uncle Bob to symphon off his dough. He’s a fucking idiot mate.

          • Ruben Reyes

            I agree on all of the above, but that doesn’t make him dumb. Unless us internet trolls equal his accomplishments, what does that make us? Neanderthals? I just get a kick out of keyboard warriors espousing their intellect out of heir dark cubicles while their subject jets all over the world. And he’s the dumb one.

          • Kyle Klus

            Not to mention advisor Michael koncz is on Unlce Bob’s payroll and has got over on Manny as well for years!!! If he isn’t dumb he sure isnt the brightest color in the crayola box and to you sir below I’m not a keyboard warrior and have been in the ring myself for many years!!

          • Ten Count Toronto

            So he could be President, not just Senator!

            Seemed pretty clever when he stiffed Oscar after conning him for that huge signing bonus, then collected millions more when the grudge helped to spur a washed up Oscar to look for revenge in the ring. I’m not sure if it was Manny’s own idea, but even if it wasn’t he played his part it like pro.

          • left hook

            Nobody is holy. Am sure u have done terrible things too.

          • Fidel.


          • Turner Wednesday

            Yeah, he’s one of those as well. I’d forgotten to add that.


  • RayK

    I’d say Pac could lose what he pays Roach on the street and not think twice about it. He’s simply not hearing what he wants to hear.

  • Jamil Salvo

    I hope this will be your last fight. This era doesn’t need you

  • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

    I don’t know who to believe. Anyways I hope Manny retires after the Lucas fight before he receives more damage. Manny has nothing to prove, nada.

  • Guy Grundy
  • Ten Count Toronto

    Whatever, Pacquiao has been doing this for 20 years now. Who trains him will matter very little at this point, certainly a lot less than the amount and quality of time he puts into the camp, and how much he has or has not lost since the last fight.

  • Rolly Arellano

    Boxing has lost Pacquiao to politics long ago. His continued fighting is only intended to milk the most of his waning days as a boxer.