FREDDIE Roach remained tight-lipped on speculations that he has parted ways with superstar pupil Manny Pacquiao.
Roach refused to answer questions on whether or not he’ll still be in Pacquiao’s corner in his scheduled comeback fight against Lucas Matthysse on June 24 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 58-year-old Hall of Fame trainer shut down anything that had to do with the Filipino boxing icon turned Senator as he focused more on his task at hand of guiding Scott Quigg in his title fight against Oscar Valdez for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight championship at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California on Sunday.
Quigg, who failed to make weight for the 12-round match, lost by unanimous decision as Valdez retained his crown.
Pacquiao, 39, announced in a statement last week he’s set to make a ring comeback three months from now to challenge Matthysse for the Argentinian’s World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title in KL.
Part of the statement mentioned long-time Pacquiao pal Restituto ‘Buboy’ Fernandez, Nonoy Neri, and Roger ‘Haplas’ Fernandez will be taking turns in training Pacquiao during his camp to be split between the Wild Card Boxing Gym in General Santos City and Manila.
No mention whatsoever of Roach’s name.
Roach has been in Pacquiao's corner since 2001 when he made his U.S. debut and stunned the boxing world with a sixth-round TKO win over Lehlo Ledwaba to wrest the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-bantamweight title.
That became his first step towards boxing greatness as he'd go on and win six more world titles in as many divisions and eventually was named Fighter of the Year in 2010.
Pacquiao's training camp will start in the middle of April, then moves to Manila from May 14 to June 1 then back to GenSan the following day until the training winds down on the second week of June.
The Filipino boxing great said the schedule is also synched to his Senate duties.
Pacquiao last fought on July 2 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia and absorbed a 12-round unanimous decision against Jeff Horn to lose his IBF welterweight crown.