▷▷▷ Pacquiao refutes reports of split with trainer Roach
Manny Pacquiao says he has not yet chosen a trainer for his July world title fight with Lucas Matthysse, dismissing reports he has cut ties with long-term mentor Freddie Roach. The veteran US coach said last week that his 15-year association with Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had been terminated ahead of the Matthysse bout in Malaysia. “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 in a brief statement on Friday. But Pacquiao took to social media yesterday to say that he would make a decision later this week on his corner team for the Kuala Lumpur fight with the Argentine WBA welterweight champion. “Contrary to statements ... I have not made my final decision who will be my head trainer for my ... fight with Matthysse,” he said.