Hearing about the split on the news hurt him but says his 15-year-friendship with Pacquiao weighs more.
After 15 years of working together, Freddie Roach and Pacquiao are now confirmed to have ended their professional relationship. This came to light during the final line of a news release detailing how Manny Pacquiao is set for his July 14 welterweight title fight against champion Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia.
Roach reportedly learned of his termination as Pacquiao’s trainer through the press. Buboy Fernandez, Pacquaio’s best friend, is now handling his training. “Pacquiao will be joined by his new promotions team along with trainers Restituto ‘Buboy’ Fernandez and Raides ‘Nonoy’ Neri.”
Everyone noticed that Pacquiao failed to mention Roach, who collected seven trainer-of-the-year awards from the Boxing Writers Assn. of America while developing Pacquiao from a lighter, rawer super-bantamweight in 2001 into a record seven-division world champion.
Roach said he hasn’t been officially informed by the 39-year-old Pacquiao that he’s out as the lead trainer. “Manny and I had a great run for 15 years — longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn’t trade any of it. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best,” Roach said.
Roach admits that he was hurt especially after Pacquiao didn’t talk to him after the controversial split. “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,” he added.