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Roach Confirms That He'll Be in Pacquiao's Corner For Broner

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has agreed to reunite with Manny Pacquiao for the Filipino fighter's bout with Adrien Broner in January, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

A Sports Illustrated report, citing a text message from Roach, said he had agreed to work with Pacquiao again following late-night talks with the fighter on Tuesday.

"Manny reached out directly," Roach was quoted as saying. "We sat together one-on-one. I'll be in his corner Jan 19."

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As BoxingScene.com reported late Tuesday night, Roach met with Pacquiao at the boxer's hotel room to work out the details of a renewed working relationship.

Roach and Pacquiao split abruptly after a 16-year partnership following the Filipino's defeat to Jeff Horn in 2017.

Pacquiao then promoted close friend and assistant coach, Buboy Fernandez, to the head trainer position. 

Roach was reported to have been upset by his dismissal, and was caught by surprise when Pacquiao announced on Monday that he planned to rehire the trainer for his January 19 fight in Las Vegas against Broner.

At that point, the two had apparently not talked since 2017.

"I still have never directly spoken to Manny," Roach said earlier Tuesday.

"I'm not going to make a move until Manny calls me. I've been like a father to Manny for 15 years. If he can't call me, there will be no deal."

Speaking at a media roundtable in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Pacquiao said he hoped Roach would work in a supervisory capacity, with long-time associate Buboy Fernandez taking the lead role in training.

"I don't have any problem with Freddie Roach," Pacquiao said. "All I say is that I think the other work in training should be assigned or designated to Buboy.

"Freddie can supervise or instruct Buboy, this is what we're going to do," the 39-year-old added.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by alexguiness on 11-22-2018

You just KNOW that Broner is going to say something stupid about Roach and Parkinson's.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 11-22-2018

[QUOTE=GBP4LIFE;19288859]Freddie is a entitled bitter man.. Pac. Is creating a major issue by bringing him back.. Roach will become disruptive[/QUOTE] Roach will say some crazy sh^t as always. He's probably as good of a headline guy as he is a…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 11-22-2018

[QUOTE=el***;19289727]Pac dropped him without even telling him he was going to drop him, and didnt talk to him for like 18 months. That chit is rude as **** for someone you worked with for 15 years. Roach should have told…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 11-22-2018

Comment by Bluebird on 11-22-2018

[QUOTE=el***;19289727]Pac dropped him without even telling him he was going to drop him, and didnt talk to him for like 18 months. That chit is rude as **** for someone you worked with for 15 years. Roach should have told…

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