Pacquiao Yet To Decide On Trainer For Matthysse Fight

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Manny Pacquiao has parted ways with longtime trainer Freddie Roach ahead of his July date with Lucas Matthysse, Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole reports, citing a Friday release.

Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 fight with Matthysse. Amir Khan was the last Roach fighter to walk - after ignoring his advice to watch out for Danny García's left hook in the 2012 defeat that began to unravel the Bolton fighter's career.

Since then, Pacquiao and Roach have partnered and scored many unforgettable wins, notably against Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez.

He said Pacquiao's business manager Michael Koncz informed Roach's assistant in a phone call saying "don't believe everything that you read".

Matthysse, robust and rowdy, wants to send the Filipino legend into retirement in a story that appeared on boxingscene.

Pacquiao and Roach have worked together for the last 15-plus years, and have 34 professional fights and seven world championships under their belt.

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When Roach was informed about Friday's announcement, he issued his own statement and took the high road. I wouldn't trade any of it.

With this latest news, it's safe to say that Roach has gotten his answer. "Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best".

While Ledwaba was at the receiving end of the Pacquiao-Roach partnership he is grateful that he helped hatched it and parlayed it into what was to become of the best trainer-boxer relationship.

"I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't hurt that he didn't contact me personally about his decision", said Roach in an official statement released to various media outfits. "I don't know if he was upset with me or what".

"It's all systems go", Pacquiao told reporters.

Muhammad Ali fought and won over Joe Bugner in a rematch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1975 winning by unanimous decision.