Pacquiao clarifies his split with trainer Roach is not final

Pacquiao clarifies his split with trainer Roach is not final

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.

Manny Pacquiao knew that people would roll their eyes if he insisted on getting a weakling for a comeback opponent.

Freddie Roach found out he'd been fired by Manny Pacquiao at the same time as the rest of the boxing industry - when he read the press release last week.

"I want them to remember me after my career not only as a champion, but as being an inspiration to everyone, being a good person", he told BBC Sport.

Philippine senator and boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao waves during a news conference with welterweight world title holder Lucas Matthysse (not pictured), for their upcoming WBA "regular" welterweight title fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a hotel in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines April 18, 2018.

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

Lucas Matthysse is clear about one thing: defending his spot on top of the boxing world at all cost.


Pacquiao takes on WBA welterweight champion Matthysse at Kuala Lumpur's Axiata Arena on July 14, with another three title fights on the undercard. I'll die for it. It's the first time defending my world title which was very hard for me to attain'. "It's going to be a great fight, both fighters are very aggressive", said a confident Matthyse.

Matthysse for his part told AFP Pacquiao "changed his style a little bit" after the Marquez KO, though he is not guaranteeing a knockout.

"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", Roach said.

The boxer suggested Wednesday that role might go to his own friend and compatriot Buboy Fernandez, at least for the Matthysse bout.

The Kuala Lumpur bout will likely mark the first time in 15 years that Pacquiao will be fighting without his long-standing U.S. trainer Freddie Roach, who expressed hurt last week after saying ties have been cut.

The bout will also mark Pacquiao's first venture as a promoter, instead of having his long-time American impresario Bob Arum handle that end of the business.

He is now considered by many to be the world's top "pound-for-pound" fighter, an unofficial honour Pacquiao once held.

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