Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Roach: I Haven't Spoken to Pacquiao Since Day He Lost to Horn

By Keith Idec

Freddie Roach isn’t certain if what he said to Manny Pacquiao in the immediate aftermath of Pacquiao’s controversial loss to Jeff Horn hurt their relationship.

All Roach knows is that he hasn’t spoken to the Filipino legend since the veteran trainer gave Pacquiao some advice after that fight. Roach recalled their exchange in Pacquiao’s locker room at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, for an article the Los Angeles Times published Sunday.

“You know, Manny,” Roach said, “being a senator and a world-champion boxer is very difficult. … I know you’ve always multitasked, but you might want to think about doing one before the other.”

roach-pacquiao

Pacquiao’s complete silence struck Roach as unusual.

“Manny, are you mad at me?,” Roach remembered asking Pacquiao. “He just smiled at me. That was it. And I haven’t spoken to Manny Pacquiao since.”

Roach had suggested publicly on numerous occasions before Pacquiao lost to Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) that Pacquiao shouldn’t continue trying to fight at boxing’s elite level if he were going to remain committed to his time-consuming, full-time job as a senator in the Philippines. The 39-year-old Pacquiao hasn’t fought since the then-unknown Horn upset him by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title last July 2.

Pacquiao never called Roach to fire him. Roach learned through the media of Pacquiao’s decision to work with “Buboy” Fernandez, his childhood friend and longtime assistant trainer, for his upcoming fight against Lucas Matthysse.

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) will challenge Argentina’s Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs, 1 NC) for Matthysse’s WBA world welterweight title Saturday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (ESPN+; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Pacquiao told the Los Angeles Times that he would consider working with Roach again in the future.

“Did you talk to Freddie?,” Pacquiao asked the Times’ Lance Pugmire. “When you talk to him again, can you please say hello? And please say thank you.”

Roach would welcome a reunion with the Hall-of-Fame fighter that helped make him rich and famous.

“Marriages haven’t lasted this long,” said Roach, who began working with Pacquiao in 2001. “If Manny asked me to get on a jet and train him for free, I’d be the first one on the plane. We have a lot of history. Manny’s my friend. Money … I have enough.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King Arthur on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18925370]Freddie Roach isn't certain if what he said to Manny Pacquiao in the immediate aftermath of Pacquiao's controversial loss to Jeff Horn hurt their relationship. All Roach knows is that he hasn't spoken to the Filipino legend since the veteran…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;18927366]No, band wagoneers get on my nerves. Little [email protected] haters get on my nerves. So you both get called out. It's what I do because it's fun to make you look stupid and biased. More so I called out…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18927255]Oh no not ignore. Dude you just got mad at someone for not being a pac fan anymore. Ther is nothing more fangirl than that. As for annoying you; you quoted me just because I posted something about…

Comment by Pozomuro on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=alexguiness;18925486]At least we don't have to hear Roach predicting a KO...like we have had for to for the last 10 years.[/QUOTE] Ja ja ja ... You Spoke too soon: Former Trainer: Good Possibillity That Pacquiao Stops Matthysse

Comment by The Big Dunn on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;18927152]Hey dummy, mind your own business. And if you think that YOU act like a rational adult, you're sadly mistaken. You're a little pac hating fangirl. Nothing more. You POP up like Batman any time there's an article about…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (117)
Top Headlines Photos: Jarrell Miller Crushes Bogdan Dinu in The Fourth Spence: Jermell Charlo Beats Hurd, Enters Pound-For-Pound Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias Battle To a Split Draw Photos: Claressa Shields Earns More Gold, Easily Beats Rankin Archie Sharp Aims To Land Ryan Garcia, His Female Fans Too Buboy Studying Broner, Getting Pacquiao's Camp Ready Rizin CEO Warns: Nasukawa Will Aim To Knock Mayweather Out! Josh Kelly: Usyk Not Ready For Joshua, Can He Take The Power? Seniesa Estrada Wins Big; Tom Schwarz and Krasniqi Win Too Jarrell Miller Blasts Out Bogdan Dinu in Four Rounds Jarrell Miller vs. Bogdan Dinu - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Claressa Shields Dominates Hannah Rankin, Wins Decision Claressa Shields vs. Hannah Rankin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Brandon Rios Breaks Down, Stops Ramon Alvarez in Ninth Brandon Rios vs. Ramon Alvarez - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias Fight To a Twelve Round Split Draw Gabe Rosado vs. Luis Arias - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Miller-Dinu Undercard Results From Mulvane, Kansas Kerman Lejarraga Knocks Frankie Gavin Out in Fourth Round Harley Benn Gets Win, Moves To 5-0 In Brentwood Michael Dutchover Takes Out Ruben Tamayo in Three Rounds Liam Taylor Beats Tyrone Nurse, Moves Closer To British Title Cornflake Beats Arnaoutis, Driven To Be 'World-Class-Level Fighter' Luis Coria Faces Stiff Test in Thomas Valdez in Arizona Jarrell Miller: Deontay Wilder Might Knock Tyson Fury's Head Off! Spence, Crawford Trade Heated Words - Agree on $1 Million Bet Chordale Booker Ready To Show He's 'The Gift' in North Carolina Kerman Lejarraga Will Become a Huge Attraction, Says DiBella Promoter: Dinu's A Top-10 Heavyweight; Toughest Fight For Miller Omar Figueroa Craves Errol Spence Rematch in The Future Jarrell Miller: I'll Impose Will On Dinu & Get Him Out Of There Photos: Maurice Hooker Breaks Down, Stops Alex Saucedo Lennox Lewis: Wilder-Fury Will NOT Look Like Klitschko-Fury Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Garcia, Mayweather, Usyk, More Photos: Kavaliauskas in Line For Crawford After Arriaza KO Win Frank Warren Discusses a Big December For British Boxing Chael Sonnen Cautions of Mayweather-Nasukawa Double Cross Arum: We're Going To Look Very Closely at Crawford-Kavaliauskas Whyte Warns: Joshua Will Get a "Whooping" When Time Comes Kavaliauskas: I'm Ready To Fight Terence Crawford Next!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement