Roach And Pacquiao Have Not Spoke Since Horn Fight
Freddie Roach doesn’t know if what he told Manny Pacquiao following his 2017 loss to Jeff Horn, but it was the last thing he said to the Filipino Senator.
“You know, Manny,” Roach said to the Los Angeles Times, “being a senator and a world-champion boxer is very difficult. … I know you’ve always multitasked, but you might want to think about doing one before the other.”
“Manny, are you mad at me?,” Roach remembered asking Pacquiao. “He just smiled at me. That was it. And I haven’t spoken to Manny Pacquiao since.”
Roach had suggested publicly before Pacquiao’s loss to Horn, that the senator/boxer shouldn’t keep fighting at boxing’s elite level, if he looks to remain a full time schedule as a senator.
Roach learned through the media that Pacquiao would retain “Buboy” Fernandez, as his trainer for his upcoming fight against Lucas Matthysse.
Pacquiao told the Los Angeles Times that he would consider working with Roach again in the future.
“Did you talk to Freddie?,” Pacquiao asked the Times’ Lance Pugmire. “When you talk to him again, can you please say hello? And please say thank you.”
“Marriages haven’t lasted this long,” said Roach, who worked with Pacquiao for 16 years.
“If Manny asked me to get on a jet and train him for free, I’d be the first one on the plane. We have a lot of history. Manny’s my friend. Money … I have enough.”
Initial Report: Los Angeles Times