Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Manny Pacquiao to announce trainer in next seven days

Manny Pacquiao to announce trainer in next seven days

Pacquiao has not fought in the ring since being defeated on points by Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July, a loss that cost the Filipino star his WBO crown.

Local Caption *** Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach According to Dan Rafael of, Manny Pacquiao did not commit weather he will or won't have Freddie Roach in his corner for his July title fight with Lucas Matthysse.

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. I will make a final decision within the week.

"There was some concerns Manny had in the last fight and some statements Freddie made to the media that Manny wasn't very pleased about". And Roach, for the first time since Pacquiao's 2001 United States debut, will not be in his corner.

He added long-time advisor Michael Koncz has been in contact with the people of Roach to 'keep them informed'.

"Manny and I had a great run for 15 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing".

Pacquiao and Roach have worked together for the last 15-plus years, and have 34 professional fights and seven world championships under their belt. I wouldn't trade any of it.

One of boxing's most successful partnerships is no more.

It is widely thought that 2018 will be the final time Manny Pacquiao steps into the pro boxing ring.

The Japanese side asked for the bout to be stopped one minute and 14 seconds into the ninth round. "The opportunity to fight a future Hall of Famer such as Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao inspires me to work harder than ever to earn a victory for my fans", said Matthysse, who is trained by Joel Diaz.

Matthyse will be accompanied by promoter Oscar Dela Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions when he arrives in the country on Wednesday for the start of the two-city press tour that will also take both fighters to Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Matthysse said: "This is the fight I have always wanted". "I don't know if he was upset with me or what".

And he insists the show will be Malaysia's biggest since Ali fought Joe Bugner, in Kuala Lumpur, back in 1975.

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