Pacquiao says no decision yet on trainer for Matthysse fight


The 39-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) is in the twilight of his career, with four losses in his last nine bouts and a noticeable decrease in the hand speed that made him an incredible fighter.

Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has denied reports that he has officially parted ways with his long-time trainer Freddie Roach.

Koncz told members of the media that Pacquiao's longtime friend, Buboy Fernandez, would assume responsiblity for training Pacquiao for the fight set for July 14th in Kuala Lumpur. I will make a final decision within the week.

Pacquiao disclosed his decision Friday, April 13, 2018, in the final sentence of a news release detailing his plans for his upcoming fight against Lucas Matthysse. "If Buboy can get a stable of boxers out of this no hard feelings to Freddie, but Manny has not made a final decision".

Roach would help his fighter shatter records; Pacquiao is the only fighter in history to hold world titles in eight different weight classes, as well as being the lineal champion in five.

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

A press release last week intimated that Roach would not be involved in the fight.

Roach trained Pacquiao (39-4, 36 KOs) for 15 years, helping the Filipino become one of boxing's most accomplished fighters and one of its biggest draws.

"Manny and I had a great run for 15 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing", Roach said.

In 2001, Pacquiao, then a former flyweight world titleholder unknown to all but the most ardent boxing fan, arrived in Los Angeles looking for a new trainer.

Matthysse and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, are arriving in Manila on Wednesday for the kickoff of a two-city promotional tour. I wouldn't trade any of it.

Roach first cornered Pacquiao in his maiden voyage to the United States opposite South Africa's Lehlo Ledwaba in June 2001, a fight Pacquiao won by sixth-round TKO.

Muhammad Ali fought and won over Joe Bugner in a rematch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1975 winning by unanimous decision.