"Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 fight with Matthysse", Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao disclosed his decision Friday in the final sentence of a news release detailing his plans for his upcoming fight against Lucas Matthysse. "I am a world champion and he wants my belt; He chose me and I am the one who gives the OK to make the fight", said Matthysse.
"Manny and I had a great run for 16 years - longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing", Roach said.
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.
Roach said he wished Pacquiao well for the future but admitted he had been "hurt" after learning of the Filipino's decision to axe him indirectly. "I wouldn't trade any of it", Roach said. "Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best", Roach told BoxingScene.com.
The 39-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) is in the twilight of his career, with four losses in his last nine bouts and a noticeable decrease in the hand speed that made him an incredible fighter.
Roach met Pacquiao at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, where Pacquiao first came when he was looking for a new trainer before scoring a sixth-round technical knockout of Lehlo Ledwaba in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao takes on WBA welterweight champion Matthysse at Kuala Lumpur's Axiata Arena on July 14, with another three title fights on the undercard. Top Rank, Pacquiao's longtime promoter, will handle certain aspects of the promotion.