Boxer Manny Pacquiao has not yet chosen a trainer after Roach ditched him
MANILA: Boxer Manny Pacquiao has not yet chosen a trainer for his July world title fight with Lucas Matthysse, dismissing reports he has cut ties with long-standing mentor Freddie Roach.
The veteran US ring guru Roach said last week that his 15-year association with Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had been terminated ahead of the Matthysse bout in Malaysia.
“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,” Roach said in a brief statement on Friday.
But Pacquiao went on social media Monday to say that he would make a decision later this week on his corner team for the Kuala Lumpur fight with the Argentine World Boxing Association welterweight champion.
“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 (US time zone) fight with Matthysse,” he said.
Pacquiao – who has a record of 59 wins with 38 KOs, seven losses and two draws — told millions of followers on his official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts that his adviser Mike Koncz “has been in contact with Freddie (Roach)’s people to keep them informed.
“I will make a final decision within the week. When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media,” the 39-year-old added. Roach was ever-present in Pacquiao’s corner during his rise to the pinnacle of his sport, helping mould the fighter into one of the best boxers in history.
Monte Carlo Masters: Nadal sweeps Dimitrov aside!
MONTE CARLO (Principality of Monaco): World number one Rafael Nadal swept aside Grigor Dimitrov to ease into his 12th Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-4, 6-1 victory here today while Kei Nishikori edged out Alexander Zverev.
The 31-year-old Nadal needs to win an 11th Monaco title to retain the number one ranking ahead of Roger Federer, and will be a red-hot favorite against Japan’s Nishikori in Sunday’s final.
“I really don’t care if I am favorite or I am not favorite,” insisted Nadal, after beating Dimitrov for the 11th time in 12 meetings. “I go on court, I try my best. I want to win. Doesn’t matter if I am the favorite or I am not the favorite.”
Nadal came through a tight first set but always looked too strong for Dimitrov and raced through the second in half an hour. “He’s playing very good on clay. Simple as that. Tactically and everything else,” admitted Dimitrov. “It hurts a lot of us, a lot of the players that are maybe not as physically strong.”
The top seed is bidding for an outright record 31st Masters title this week and extended his run of consecutive sets won on clay to 34 as he closed on a third consecutive Monte Carlo title.
Pakistani Judokas win medals in S. A. Senior Judo Championship!
KATHMANDU:Pakistani Judokas displayed excellent performance on first day of South Asian Senior Judo Championship in Kathmandu, Nepal and secured 2 gold and 2 silver medals in men and women categories of the event.
Olympian Shah Hussain Shah, and Qaisar Khan bagged gold medals while Maryam and Humaira Ashiq grabbed silver medals.
Last Commonwealth Games Silver medalist Shah Hussain defended his title in +100 weight category by defeating arch rival India in preliminary round, beat Nepal in semi final and finally crushed Sri Lanka in final with a one sided fight.
In -90kg he won gold by defeating India in preliminary round, beat Sri Lanka in semi final and beat Nepal in final. While Maryan got silver medal in -52kg by defeating Bangladesh in first round, beat Nepal in semi final but lost against India in final.
Humaira beat Sri Lanka in first round beat Bangladesh in 2nd round while Nepal in semi-final. In the final she lost fighting against India to grab a silver.
Pak-British Amir Khan – Newspakistan.tv’s brand envoy – takes on Canadian Phil Lo Greco tonight!
LONDON: One of the biggest names in British boxing history, Amir Khan, who happens to be the Brand-Ambassador of Newspakistan.tv returns to boxing ring tonight by taking on Canadian Lo Greco.
According to details, after remaining away from the ring for two years the former world champion is going to face Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KO) in a bout set for a 150-pound catch-weight.
After remaining away from the ring for two years the former world champion is going to face Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KO) in a bout set for a 150-pound catch-weight.