17
Dec
2018

Manny Pacquiao comments on coaching situation as rumors persist of Freddie Roach split

Pacquiao v Matthysse 15/03/2018

Manny Pacquiao may be ready to move on from trainer Freddie Roach after a partnership spanning two decades.

The veteran, currently in training to fight Lucas Matthysse this summer, is yet to make a final decision on his coaching team for the WBA title clash but failed to confirm Roach would be involved.

“Not yet final, It’s a decision (for the future),” Pacquiao said to GMA.

“Right now, I’m fixing the promotion. I’m working as a promoter before starting the training,” he added.

On preparation for the rugged Argentine, whom Pacquiao will battle on June 23 in Malaysia, the Filipino Senator added: “I believe we have good people for this fight as he (Matthysse) is an aggressive fighter. I expect it to almost be like going to war,” predicted Pacquiao.

“Now, I’m doing some light jogging just for conditioning and stamina. It’s a start and we will not be surprised when we begin the long preparation.”

Pacquiao will bid for yet another world championship against Matthysse, although some are not counting the contest as a title fight.

Matthysse is the current ‘regular’ champion with the World Boxing Association, whilst Keith Thurman is the ‘super’ belt holder.

This means Thurman is recognised as the full ruler, whilst Matthysse is seen more as an interim champion to the American.

Should Pacquiao come out on top, it’s expected the WBA will then order a mandatory fight against Thurman by the end of 2018.

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