On Friday, Manny Pacquiao introduced in a information launch associated to his upcoming struggle 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 workforce.
Since then, Pacquiao has been closely criticized for apparently ending a fruitful 16-year, 34-fight bond with Roach in a media announcement moderately than he or anybody else on his workforce informing Roach of the choice.
On Sunday, Pacquiao backpedaled, though he didn’t decide to having Roach return for struggle 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 struggle in a yr since dropping his welterweight belt by a controversial determination 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 within the United States) on the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on an ESPN platform to be decided.
The Friday information launch served an replace on the struggle promotion and included details about an upcoming two-city media tour to Manila and Kuala Lumpur in addition to feedback from Matthysse in regards to the struggle.
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 struggle of his profession as an assistant and Neri has been part of his camp for years, primarily as a prepare dinner.
But the discharge made no point out of Roach, who had educated Pacquiao since his first struggle within the United States in 2001. With Roach, Pacquiao gained seven of his file eight world titles in as many divisions, claimed three fighter of the yr awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America and likewise gained the group’s fighter of the last decade award for the 2000s. Roach, with Pacquiao as his primary consumer, gained a file seven BWAA coach of the yr awards between 2003 and 2014 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall 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 informed him, “Buboy can be dealing with the coaching on this struggle. What’s essential to Manny is that he has one voice to take heed to within the nook that he trusts and I suppose that is Buboy for this struggle.
“There was some considerations Manny had within the final struggle and a few statements Freddie made to the media that Manny wasn’t very 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. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I want Manny nothing however the very best. I’d be mendacity if I did not say I wasn’t harm that he did not contact me personally about his determination, however the nice instances we loved collectively far outweigh that.”
Now it seems that possibly their time collectively shouldn’t be fairly up. But Roach, via a spokesperson, declined to remark Sunday on the most recent feedback from Pacquiao.