‘Di man lang kinausap! Pacquiao ends 15-year partnership with Roach by press release
After a 15-year partnership, Senator Manny Pacquiao has decided to fire Freddie Roach– but didn’t even bother to reach out to him for one final talk.
Pacquiao made the end of his partnership with Roach official through a statement Friday (April 13) regarding the developments in his preparations for the July 15 fight in Malaysia against welterweight champ Lucas Matthysse.
“Pacquiao will be joined by his new promotions team along with trainers Restituto ‘Buboy’ Fernandez and Raides ‘Nonoy’ Neri,” the press release read.
Fernandez and Neri are Pacquiao’s longtime friends. Fernandez has been in his corner since the start of his professional boxing career as an assistant, while Neri worked as a cook.
Roach confirmed he had been let go of by Pacquiao in a statement Saturday (April 14) but said he wished his former ward nothing but the best.
“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,” he said.
“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 added.
It was under Roach’s guidance that Pacquiao won seven of his eight world titles in eight world divisions and was named as fighter of the decade.
Roach, for his part, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012 for his role in training Pacquiao. He also set a new record by winning the Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year award for seven years.