Ledwaba Saddened By Possible Pacquiao-Roach Split

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The 58-year-old trainer made the pronouncement after admitting he hasn't personally heard from the boxing legend since they worked together last year in a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Australian Jeff Horn to yield Pacquiao's welterweight version of the World Boxing Organization.

Last week the Filipino force of nature appeared to sack his trainer, Freddie Roach, after 17 years and 34 fights, at the very time when he should be gearing up for what may be his farewell appearance, against the welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.

"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.


"I have not made my final decision on who will be the head trainer for my July 14 (July 15 in Kuala Lumpur) fight with Matthysse", said Pacquiao, who denied statements made by his Canadian adviser Mike Koncz that longtime friend and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez has been elevated to the role of chief cornerman. "If Buboy can get a stable of boxers out of this no hard feelings to Freddie, but Manny has not made a final decision".

But Pacquiao, the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many weight divisions, said he hasn't decided yet on whether to keep away from Roach in his next fight or not.

With this latest news, it's safe to say that Roach has gotten his answer.


The veteran U.S. trainer claimed last week that his 15-year association with Pacquiao had ended ahead of the Matthysse bout in Malaysia.

Roach said he has not been officially informed by Pacquiao that he will no longer be hired as the lead trainer in the Matthysse fight.

"Manny and I had a great run", Roach said, "longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best".


The Friday news release served an update on the fight promotion and included information about an upcoming two-city media tour to Manila and Kuala Lumpur as well as comments from Matthysse about the fight. "I know that it will not be easy".

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