Manny Pacquiao, longtime boxing trainer Freddie Roach part ways after 16 years

Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach during happier times

Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach during happier times

"Manny and I had a great run for 16 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing", said Roach. I wouldn't trade any of it.

Roach released a statement in which he expressed his disappointment that Pacquiao did not personally inform him of the split.

The drama surrounding the break-up of one of boxing's most successful partnerships comes on the same week when Pacquiao and Matthyse begin the promotional tour of their 12-round fight, the biggest to be held in the Malaysian capital since the late great Muhammad Ali decisioned Joe Bugner for the world heavyweight championship of the world in June 1975.

"I had a great [16] years with the guy and if they feel it's time for me to go, I'm not upset with Manny", Roach told the Los Angeles Times. "That many years? Who lasts that long together in this business?"

"I'm not thinking about the scorecards, I'm thinking of knocking Pacquiao out", he said.

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The final line of the release, issued by Pacquiao's MP Promotions, read: "Pacquiao will be joined by his new promotions team along with trainers Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri".

Since coming to the United States for his first pro fight back in 2001 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao and Roach have been side by side in a remarkable rise for both men as fighter and trainer. Pacquiao frequently credited Roach for his evolution from a raw Filipino puncher into an eight-division world champion during countless hours of work in Roach's Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Roach said on Friday that he hasn't been officially informed he's out as his lead trainer, according to the L.A. Times. "He's contemplating letting Buboy shine at the finish of his career", Koncz said. "When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed, and then I will advise the media", Pacquiao posted in his Instagram account early Monday morning.

Koncz emphasized that he has enough trust on his chilhood friend as his new trainer.

"There was some concerns Manny had in the last fight and some statements Freddie made to the media that Manny wasn't very pleased about".

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