On Friday, Manny Pacquiao introduced in a information launch associated to his upcoming battle with secondary welterweight world titlist Lucas Matthysse that he would go into coaching camp for the primary time since 2001 with out legendary coach Freddie Roach as a part of his staff.
Since then, Pacquiao has been closely criticized for apparently ending a fruitful 16-year, 34-fight bond with Roach in a media announcement quite than he or anybody else on his staff informing Roach of the choice.
On Sunday, Pacquiao backpedaled, though he didn’t decide to having Roach return for battle No. 35.
“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 with Matthysse,” Pacquiao stated within the assertion. “My advisor Mike Koncz has been in contact with Freddie’s people to keep them informed. 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.”
In his first battle in a 12 months since dropping his welterweight belt by a controversial resolution to Jeff Horn in July, the Philippines’ Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), 39, is scheduled to problem Matthysse (39-Four, 36 KOs), 35, of Argentina, for his belt on July 15 (July 14 in america) on the Axiata Area in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on an ESPN platform to be decided.
The Friday information launch served an replace on the battle promotion and included details about an upcoming two-city media tour to Manila and Kuala Lumpur in addition to feedback from Matthysse concerning the battle.
The ultimate line of the discharge, issued by Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, learn: “Pacquiao will be joined by his new promotions team along with trainers Restituto ‘Buboy’ Fernandez and Raides ‘Nonoy’ Neri.”
Fernandez and Neri are longtime mates of Pacquiao’s. Fernandez is sort of a brother to Pacquiao and has been in his nook for each battle of his profession as an assistant and Neri has been part of his camp for years, primarily as a prepare dinner.
However the launch made no point out of Roach, who had educated Pacquiao since his first battle in america in 2001. With Roach, Pacquiao gained seven of his document eight world titles in as many divisions, claimed three fighter of the 12 months awards from the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America and in addition gained the group’s fighter of the last decade award for the 2000s. Roach, with Pacquiao as his essential shopper, gained a document seven BWAA coach of the 12 months awards between 2003 and 2014 and was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame in 2012.
Pacquiao’s Friday launch served to again up feedback that Koncz made to ESPN two weeks in the past when he stated that Pacquiao advised him, “Buboy will probably be dealing with the coaching on this battle. What’s necessary to Manny is that he has one voice to take heed to within the nook that he trusts and I assume that is Buboy for this battle.
“There was some issues Manny had within the final battle and a few statements Freddie made to the media that Manny wasn’t more than happy about.”
When Roach was knowledgeable about Friday’s announcement, he issued his personal assertion and took the excessive highway.
“Manny and I had an incredible run for  years — longer than most marriages and positively a rarity for boxing,” Roach said. “I would not commerce any of it. Contained in the boxing ring and the political ring, I want Manny nothing however the most effective. I’d be mendacity if I did not say I wasn’t harm that he did not contact me personally about his resolution, however the nice occasions we loved collectively far outweigh that.”
Now it seems that possibly their time collectively just isn’t fairly up. However Roach, by means of a spokesperson, declined to remark Sunday on the newest feedback from Pacquiao.