Roach: All Pacquiao Had To Do Was Call, I Had To Read About It

The saga continues between Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao, an eight division world champion, has trained with Roach for 16 years.

That partnership appeared to end last week, when Pacquiao's promotional company sent out a press release regarding his next fight and there was no mention of Roach.

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Pacquiao's manager, Michael Koncz, had stated in several interviews that his fighter had officially cut ties with Roach and replaced him with Buboy Fernandez, who is the longtime best friend of the Filipino superstar.

After the parting of ways, Pacquiao received a tremendous amount of backlash - because Roach claims that he never received a phone call or any type of communication about losing his job.

Many insiders believe Pacquiao doing some damage control on Sunday, when he issued a statement on social media that he hadn’t made up his mind regarding Roach.

Pacquiao will challenge WBA "regular" welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on July 14 bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Roach believes Pacquiao was bothered by comments that were made after his twelve round decision loss to Jeff Horn last July in Brisbane, Australia.

“I told him that the way his career is going, being a leader in his country and being a senator and dealing with all the responsibilities that come with that, he might have to give up boxing. Boxing is a very physical sport and a very rough sport and having two jobs like he has is so tough. He’s just always going like crazy," Roach said to Yahoo Sports.

“Being a prize fighter is difficult but being a world champion prize fighter is so incredibly difficult. It takes just about all of your time and focus and energy, and I just can’t imagine being able to do it and having another job. That’s how hard it is. I didn’t know Manny was mad about that when I said it. I wish he had said something to me about it so we could have spoken. My opinion hasn’t changed, but I wish we could have spoken to each other. But I have no complaints because my life is so much better in so many ways because of Manny Pacquiao.

“If Manny would have called me and told me what he wanted to do, it would have been a perfect ending, but I learned a long time ago life is not perfect,” Roach said. “If there is anything I’m disappointed in about this, obviously, it’s that I had to read it in the newspaper and I didn’t hear it from Manny first. That stings a little, and it’s disappointing, but there are no hard feelings."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 7not8 on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=johnm is...;18685009]Funny you mention it. The day of the fight, a friend of my wife, who she went to highschool with, posted on Facebook that "anyone who believes in Jesus should be pulling for Pacquiao." So after the fight she…

Comment by johnm is... on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=7not8;18678726]So does this mean that God isn't real period or that God just isn't real to Floyd? Lol. Johnm is an undercover savage![/QUOTE] Funny you mention it. The day of the fight, a friend of my wife, who she went…

Comment by fernandtg on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=SugarRaRobinson;18678939]Wrong ! Actually it is Roach, and why does the White guy’s backstabbing behavior always get a reprieve/pass from u nit-wits but the non-white Guy must shoulder all burdens when he’s simply the reactionary ? This sort of thinking is…

Comment by uppercut510 on 04-18-2018

[quote=boxinggod101;18679711]same for alot of floyd groupie. They used call him the ****roack roach the joke and laugh at his disability. All of a sudden, its oh manny should treat him with respect. Both groupie groups are just dumb.[/quote] not sure…

Comment by tokon on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Bobby Shaw;18677870]After working with someone for such a long time Manny could have bee more professional and called Roach but then Manny was really angry and it shows.[/QUOTE] Correct me if I'm wrong here, but didn't roach do pretty much…

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