Magdaleno: Joel Diaz Lost Passion After Bradley Left, So I Left Too

By Edward Chaykovsky

Undefeated super bantamweight contender Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) is the mandatory challenger to WBO world champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 knockouts).

Donaire vs. Magdaleno is very close to being finalized for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas card, which takes place on November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Considering that he was on the verge of a world title shot, it was very unexpected when he cut ties with trainer Joel Diaz and hired Manny Robles to replace him.


Magdaleno is currently training with Robles in Carson, California. Diaz's gym is located two hours away in Indio.

“It’s been a great change and I see a great future with me and Manny together,” said Magdaleno. “I’ve already seen a lot of improvement in the last two months.”

According to Magdaleno, he left Diaz after noticing the trainer's demeanor completely change after his fiery split with Timothy Bradley last year.

The split between Diaz and Bradley was well documented and it got very personal in the press. The two had worked together since Bradley turned pro. Diaz claimed the split caught him completely off-guard, and blamed Bradley's wife Monica for the internal rift. Bradley blamed Diaz for his lackluster showings in several contests. After they went their separate ways, Bradley hired Teddy Atlas, who at the time was retired from training fighters.

Once Diaz changed mentally, Magdaleno felt it was time to follow Bradley out the door.

“Me and Joel weren’t clicking anymore,” Magdaleno said. “The fire with him kind of died out after Tim Bradley left him and his passion for the sport wasn’t there. He treated me like I was just any fighter and I didn’t respect that, and had to tell him I’m packing my bags.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pacer on 09-02-2016

Diaz is good he has many other fighters like most popular trainers

Comment by FelipeB on 09-01-2016

Jessie hasn't been given opportunity cuz bob arum says he doesnt make weight . Maybe that's y Joel doesn't take him serious

Comment by Devils Advocate on 09-01-2016

[QUOTE=Sup;16996983]Damn, Joel losing everybody.[/QUOTE] These trainers makie more money than they did as fighters. Then they start training multiple fighters. I'm not saying Atlas is great but his only fighter is Bradley.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-01-2016

Joel just standing in the corner with his shades on staring at a heavy bag or speed bag Tim used to use with Alicia Keys blaring on the gym radio...a slight lil tear coming down underneath the shades. While fighters…

Comment by r1onnie2 on 09-01-2016

Damn it's crazy to here that about Joel Diaz, he seems like a good dude! I wish him all the best.

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