There is no possibility of rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the next 12 months because of the Filipino boxing icon’s shoulder injury that now requires surgery.
Pacquiao, who lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in their welterweight unification fight on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), is expected to undergo surgery later this week for a torn rotator cuff, ESPN reported on Monday.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache described the tear as “significant” and said Pacquiao could be out between nine and 12 months.
“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear.
He has a significant tear,” ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic told ESPN.
ElAttrache is one of the most respected surgeons in North America, having operated on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
No specific date has been set for the surgery.
When asked if there is a possibility of a rematch between Pacquiao and Mayweather, Pacquiao’s long time adviser Mike Koncz said the Pacman camp is yet to discuss the matter.
“We’re not thinking of boxing yet. Today is Monday here, just two days after the fight happened. We need more rest before discussing anything. We are heading back to Manila probably on Sunday,” Koncz told The Manila Times on Tuesday in a telephone interview.
No plan of retiring
Top Rank boss Bob Arum assured that the Filipino ring icon will return to boxing after he recuperates.
“Manny has an injured shoulder and he will undergo operation sometimes this week before returning to Manila,” Arum told The Times on Tuesday also in a telephone interview. “We are not thinking about retirement because Manny still remains competitive and strong. Manny will return absolutely.”
Pacquiao could face possible sanctions for not disclosing his shoulder injury before the fight, according to Nevada Athletic
Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar.
A copy of the questionnaire wherein Pacquiao and his adviser wrote “No” on the query regarding shoulder injury was posted on the http://true.ink/boxing/ website.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), though, has full knowledge of Pacquiao’s condition and even approved the use of Toradol, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. But the agency’s role is limited to testing athletes for banned substances before and after a sporting event.
Pacquiao’s camp said the commission refused them treatment on fight night despite them having prior approval to use an anti-inflammatory injection by the USADA. The Nevada commission, which oversees boxing in the state, said they were not told about Pacquiao’s injury until the night of the fight.
Pacquiao’s team said the USADA approved the injection five days before the fight and they disclosed their desire to use it on fight night in their medical forms.
“This was disappointing to Team Pacquiao since they had disclosed the injury and treatment to USADA, USADA approved the treatments and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight medical form,” Pacquiao’s camp said in Monday’s statement.
Pacquiao said he hurt the shoulder in training camp some three weeks before the bout, and they considered postponing the contest dubbed as the “Fight of the Century” by promoters.
His camp said when the injury first happened, Pacquiao visited the ElAttrache’s Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles and he was told to treat it with rest before resuming his heavy training regime for the fight.
After some rest, he continued to work with trainer Freddie Roach who felt, along with promoter Bob Arum, that the injury had improved enough to allow the fight to go ahead.
“Manny continued to train and his shoulder improved, though not 100 percent,” the statement said. “With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight. His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in camp.”