Manny Pacquiao's surgery rules out Mayweather rematch
The major issue facing Pacquiao and crew is that he did not inform the Nevada Athletic Commission about the injury until a few hours before the fight...
Manny Pacquiao is set to have surgery this week on a torn rotator cuff. His recovery from such an operation would keep the Filipino out of the ring for nine to 12 months at least but he may be handed more bad news as he faces disciplinary action for not reporting the injury.
Pacquiao has claimed the shoulder injury hindered his performance against Floyd Mayweather in what is now regarded as the world’s richest boxing fight in history held in Las Vegas on Saturday. Mayweather won that match with a unanimous points decision to take his unbeaten tally to 49 fights.
Disheartened Pacquiao fans had called for a rematch between the two welterweight champions, but Pacquiao’s injury crisis will rule him out of a rematch as Mayweather is set to retire after one more fight in September.
Pacquiao whose aggressive and offensive technique was not his showing in Las Vegas. In a statement on Monday, two days after the fight, Pacquiao and Top Rank promotions confirmed via a statement that the 36-year-old had indeed suffered the injury two-and-a-half weeks earlier.
The major issue facing Pacquiao and crew is that he did not inform the Nevada Athletic Commission about the injury until a few hours before the fight when his team asked for anti-inflammatory injection.
That gave the commission no time to investigate whether or not Pacquiao’s injury claim was legitimate or not. The Pacquiao camp had no MRIs or medical paperwork to back the injury claim.
In a statement carried by The Guardian, Pacquiao’s promoter said: “On his pre-fight medical form filled out earlier in the week, Manny’s advisers listed the medications that Manny used in training and the medications that might be used on fight night.”
He also added that “A few hours before he was expected to step in the ring, when Manny’s doctors began the process, the Nevada Commission stopped the treatment because it said it was unaware of Manny’s shoulder injury.”
Pacquiao’s team had filled a pre-fight medical questionnaire and clearly marked “No” for the query concerning any shoulder injury.
Pacquiao now faces possible sanctions from the state attorney general’s office for filling out a state form incorrectly.
Adding to the Pacquiao misery is the fact that this revelation about his injury could lead to numerous lawsuits from fans who paid incredible amounts for tickets or pay-for-view to watch him fight Mayweather.
Some ringside sets in the 16,800-seat Garden Arena in Las Vegas were demanding $350,000 on some resale sites.