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Split with Freddie Roach not yet final: Pacquiao to pick head trainer this week

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Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has denied reports that he has officially parted ways with his long-time trainer Freddie Roach.

The senator said he plans to make decision this week on his head trainer for his upcoming fight with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse, adding Roach would have the first crack of any news.

“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,” he wrote on Facebook.

“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. #PacquiaoMatthysse,” he said.