EVEN Manny Pacquiao has yet to be paid in full for his recent welterweight title fight against Jeff Horn.
The boxing legend made this clear in light of statements by trainer Freddie Roach that he has yet to be paid more than a week after the July 2 bout at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia which Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision.
"My purse has not yet been released by (promoter Bob) Arum," said Pacquiao in an official statement released on Wednesday.
In a Sports Illustrated interview, Roach claimed in jest at the end of the article written by Greg Bishop that he hasn't been paid yet for training and manning Pacquiao's corner for his defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) title against Horn.
Pacquiao said he definitely has no issue with Roach, his trainer since 2001, who also said in the interview that the eight-division world champion was cold to him after the Horn bout, that he was certain '(Pacquiao) was avoiding me."
The Filipino senator, however, insisted he has 'no problem' with roach and pointed out it's Arum's Top Rank Promotions which pays all their prize purse, including that of his longtime trainer.
"I have no problem with coach Freddie Roach. I'm not the one paying him. It's Bob Arum," continues part of Pacquiao's statement.
The boxing superstar said the regular arrangement had Top Rank automatically deducting the trainer's fee from his own purse.
"So if coach Freddie has not yet received his payment, we are on the same boat," said Pacquiao.