Manny Pacquiao, longtime boxing trainer Freddie Roach part ways after 16 years

Manny Pacquiao, longtime boxing trainer Freddie Roach part ways after 16 years

Koncz said comments made by Roach following Pacquiao's stunning loss to Jeff Horn last year in Brisbane, Australia, contributed to the Filipino star's decision to let go of the 58-year-old Roach.

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

Pacquiao is to fight Matthysse for the Argentine's WBA welterweight belt in Kuala Lumpur on July 15.

That is when Pacquiao made it official that he had fired Roach, doing so in the final sentence of a news release related to his upcoming fight with Lucas Matthysse and without contacting Roach directly.

"When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media", he said.

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. And Roach, for the first time since Pacquiao's 2001 United States debut, will not be in his corner.

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

"Manny and I had a great run for 16 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing", said Roach.

The veteran U.S. ring guru Roach said last week that his 15-year association with Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had been terminated ahead of the Matthysse bout in Malaysia. I wouldn't trade any of it.

Matthysse said: "This is the fight I have always wanted".

Matthyse will be accompanied by promoter Oscar Dela Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions when he arrives in the country on Wednesday for the start of the two-city press tour that will also take both fighters to Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

It is widely thought that 2018 will be the final time Manny Pacquiao steps into the pro boxing ring. Roach had been in Pacquiao's corner for 34 consecutive fights since his US debut in 2001. Nevertheless, for all that he is a tough old campaigner, Roach was surprised and offended - but gracious - when Pacquiao looked to be walking away from a partnership that began at the Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood in 2001. "We have assembled the biggest fight card Malaysia has been waiting for in the last 43 years since Ali-Bugner".

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