Pacquiao on firing Freddie Roach: I have not made a final decision

Manny Pacquiao, longtime boxing trainer Freddie Roach part ways after 16 years

That is when Pacquiao made it official that he had fired Roach, doing so in the final sentence of a news release related to his upcoming fight with Lucas Matthysse and without contacting Roach directly.

With Roach, Pacquiao won seven of his record eight world titles in as many divisions, claimed three fighter of the year awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America and also won the organization's fighter of the decade award for the 2000s.

"Manny and I had a great run", Roach said, "longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing".

Manny Pacquiao is no longer under the guidance of Freddie Roach.

The coach said he was not personally informed by Pacquiao about this decision.

Roach said on Friday: "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".

All in all, the 16 years of Roach and Pacquiao oversaw 34 fights that led to unprecedented success - but it has finally come to an end.

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"When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media", the 39-year-old added.

Koncz has been vocal about possibly replacing Roach and having Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, be the fighter's head trainer in the Matthysse fight. He now holds a record of 59 wins off 38 knockouts and a seven-loss slate. Who exactly will be in Pacquiao's corner next remains to be seen.

Fernandez is Pacquiao's longtime right-hand man and a fixture in the Wild Card during Pacquiao's training sessions with Roach.

A press release last week intimated that Roach would not be involved in the fight. "Manny learned a lot from Freddie, but he's at the stage where he's going to be ending his career, and I truly believe this: A fighter must only have one voice in the corner and it must be a voice he can trust".

Matthysse said: "This is the fight I have always wanted".

Pacquiao, through his MP Promotions, will promote his ESPN-televised bout at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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