Pacquiao-Roach Will Reunite For Broner
When Manny Pacquiao announced on Monday that he would have Freddie Roach in his corner on January 19th, that was news to everyone, including Freddie Roach.
Roach, who is currently acting as Tyson Fury’s cutman, was shocked that Pacquiao mentioned him during his New York media conference with Adrien Broner, because they had not spoken in a year and a half.
On Tuesday night that would change, as Roach and Pacquiao met in Los Angeles and have agreed to reunite for Pacquiao’s challenge against Broner.
“Manny reached out directly,” Roach was quoted as saying to Sports Illustrated. “We sat together one-on-one. I’ll be in his corner Jan 19.”
“The thing is, I still have never directly spoken to Manny [since Pacquiao lost to Jeff Horn in 2017],” Roach told SI.com on Monday before meeting with Pacquiao on Tuesday night. “I’m not going to make a move until Manny calls me. I’ve been like a father to Manny for 15 years. If he can’t call me, there will be no deal.”
“I don’t have any problem with Freddie Roach. I always include him on my team,” Pacquiao said Tuesday prior to a Los Angeles news conference.
Pacquiao does say it’s true that the two had not spoken since his July 2017 loss to Jeff Horn, but it’s due to his schedule, claiming he does not have much time.
That gave no comfort to Roach on Tuesday, who received a call from MP Promotions COO, Joe Ramos, about a potential reunion, but Roach only wanted to hear from Pacquiao.
“I’m not talking to Joe Ramos,” Roach told SI.com prior to reconciliation. “Joe Ramos knows nothing about boxing. I thought Joe was the coach of [Pacquiao’s] basketball team. I don’t want to talk to Joe Ramos. I want to talk to Manny.”
“You never know who it is coming from when you hear from his camp. I’d have to hear what he wants me to do, what he wants Buboy to do. Am I supposed to train him? Am I supposed to come up with the game plan? He has to tell me, or I won’t be there.”
Initial Report: Sports Illustrated.
Update via Boxing Scene