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

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Eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said he has not made a final decision on who will be his head trainer in the wake of rumors about firing long-time coach Freddie Roach. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) Eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said he has not made a final decision on who will be his head trainer in the wake of rumors about firing long-time coach Freddie Roach.

"Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 fight with Matthysse," Pacquiao said in a Twitter post this morning.

 

Two months ahead of his match with world welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse, news circulated in the media on Saturday that the boxing champion has reportedly fired his coach for the last 15 years.

Roach expressed his dismay over the news in a statement on Saturday saying he wished Pacquiao the best.

"Manny and I had great run for 15 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn't trade any of it," Roach said.

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

"I would be lying if I didn't say that I wasn't hurt that he didn't contact me personally about his decision," the statement read.

READ: Freddie Roach no longer Pacquiao's trainer

Pacquiao said Roach's team has been informed of the clarification and will make a final decision within the week.

"When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media," he said.

Pacquiao is scheduled for a match with Matthysse on July 14, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He currently holds a record of 59 wins off 38 knockouts and a seven-loss slate.