Freddie Roach no longer Pacquiao's trainer

Manny Pacquiao right and Freddie Roach left have worked together for 15 years. John Locher  AP

Manny Pacquiao right and Freddie Roach left have worked together for 15 years. John Locher AP

It's certainly not the greatest thing to hear - you'd think after 16 years that Pacquiao would at least break the news to Roach himself.

It will be Pacquiao's debut as a fight promoter as they stage the bout at Axiata Arena in the Malaysian capital including 3 other world title fights in the undercard.

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"I was trying to see where his head was at, and I could not even get him to say hi to me", Roach told Sports Illustrated two weeks after the fight. Roach said on Friday that he hasn't been officially informed he's out as his lead trainer, according to the L.A. Times.

"This early, we would like to thank the people who have made this event happen and I thank all boxing fans for their support", said Pacquiao.

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"I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't hurt that he didn't contact me personally about his decision, but the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that", said Roach, who was in Pacquiao's corner 32 times, including 28 in the USA, twice in Macau and once each in Manila and Australia.

Matthysse, who has 39 wins including 36 by knockout against four defeats, won the vacant WBA belt after beating Thailand's Teerachai Sithmorseng in January. "I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't hurt that he didn't contact me personally about his decision, but the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that". In what now marks the final fight of their lengthy, fruitful run, Pacquiao dropped a controversial unanimous verdict and a WBO welterweight crown to Jeff Horn in the latter's native Brisbane this past July. He took over Pacquiao's development in 2001 after the young Filipino fighter showed up at the Wild Card and asked for guidance. Top Rank, Pacquiao's longtime promoter, will handle certain aspects of the promotion.

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