Roach Talks Not Working With Pacquiao
For the first time since 2001, Freddie Roach will not be training Manny Pacquiao for a fight.
Roach, who has trained Pacquiao for his prior 34 fights, will not be in the Filipino star’s corner on July 14th, when he takes on Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur.
Roach would be replaced by the boxer’s best friend and assistant trainer, Buboy Fernandez, in Pacquiao’s first fight since his July 2017 loss to Jeff Horn.
“There was some concerns Manny had in the last fight and some statements Freddie made to the media that Manny wasn’t very pleased about,” Pacquiao’s manager, Michael Koncz said to ESPN earlier this week.
“Manny and I had a great run for 15 years — longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn’t trade any of it. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best,” Roach told BoxingScene.com.