Manny Pacquiao fires trainer Freddie Roach after 34-fight run

Manny Pacquiao has ended his 16-year partnership with Freddie Roach

Manny Pacquiao has ended his 16-year partnership with Freddie Roach

Pacquiao has not fought in the ring since being defeated on points by Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July, a loss that cost the Filipino star his WBO crown.

The next fight of Manny Pacquiao which is set for July 15, the WBA "regular" welterweight title fight against champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and it was announced that Pacquiao will be joined by his new promotions team along with trainers Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri. I will make a final decision within the week.

“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.”

Roach was ever-present in Pacquiao's corner during his rise to the pinnacle of his sport, helping mold the fighter into one of the best boxers in history.

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

He added long-time advisor Michael Koncz has been in contact with the people of Roach to 'keep them informed'.

"Manny and I had great run for 15 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing".

Roach, won seven trainer-of-the-year awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America as he developed Pacquiao from a less skillful super-bantamweight in 2001 into a record seven-division world champion.

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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.

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

"I'm not thinking about the scorecards, I'm thinking of knocking Pacquiao out", he said.

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Matthysse and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, are arriving in Manila on Wednesday for the kickoff of a two-city promotional tour. "I don't know if he was upset with me or what".

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