Freddie Roach 'hurt' by Manny Pacquiao snub after split

Freddie Roach 'hurt' by Manny Pacquiao snub after split

Manny Pacquiao hits the pads with trainer Freddie Roach during a training session at the PCYC Boxing Gym at Milton on June 26, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

Manny Pacquiao said Monday he had not yet chosen a trainer for his July world title fight with Lucas Matthysse, dismissing reports he has cut ties with long-standing mentor Freddie Roach.

"I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't hurt that he didn't contact me personally about his decision, but the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that", Roach said.

"I have not made my final decision on who will be the head trainer for my July 14 (July 15 in Kuala Lumpur) fight with Matthysse", said Pacquiao, who denied statements made by his Canadian adviser Mike Koncz that longtime friend and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez has been elevated to the role of chief cornerman.

Under Roach Pacquiao scaled the boxing heights and is now the only boxer to win world titles in eight weight divisions.

With this latest news, it's safe to say that Roach has gotten his answer.

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Pacquiao said that Koncz is now in contact with Roach's camp. I wouldn't trade any of it.

Filipino boxer Pacquiao, an eight-weight division world champion, has worked with Roach for the past 15 years of his career. Roach had been in Pacquiao's corner for 34 consecutive fights since his USA debut in 2001. "Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best".

In 2001, Pacquiao, then a former flyweight world titleholder unknown to all but the most ardent boxing fan, arrived in Los Angeles looking for a new trainer.

The Japanese side asked for the bout to be stopped one minute and 14 seconds into the ninth round.

Matthysse said: "This is the fight I have always wanted".

And he insists the show will be Malaysia's biggest since Ali fought Joe Bugner, in Kuala Lumpur, back in 1975. Nevertheless, for all that he is a tough old campaigner, Roach was surprised and offended - but gracious - when Pacquiao looked to be walking away from a partnership that began at the Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood in 2001.

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