LOS ANGELES: Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao had surgery on Wednesday on his injured right shoulder, coming through with flying colors, according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
ElAttrache, of the Kerland Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said he could not be more pleased with the results and fully expects Pacquiao to resume his resume his boxing career, a Pacquiao spokesman said.
The arthroscopic procedure took 90 minutes and was an outpatient operation, so Pacquiao did not have to spend the night in the hospital.
It came four days after Pacquiao’s 12-round unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday in Las Vegas in the most lucrative fight in boxing history. The super-fight cemented unbeaten American Mayweather as the top pound-for-pound fighter of his era.
But Pacquiao’s camp revealed after the fight that the Filipino had suffered a rotator cuff tear in training camp that he aggravated early in the bout.
At least five lawsuits in various states have been filed against Pacquiao, promoter Top Rank and other entities, claiming they defrauded the public in failing to disclose his injury.
Meanwhile, a prominent elections lawyer and boxing enthusiast said Pacquiao’s alleged failure to disclose his shoulder injury before his fight is not the main issue in the controversial bout.
“Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions that promoted the fight could be held primarily liable by the betting public and those who watched it at MGM arena and thru pay-per-view for staging what could be treated as a ‘sham’ contest under existing laws in the United States and for not making a public disclosure of the said injury before the fight. Such disclosure would have changed the betting odds for the event, which would not have been dubbed as ‘Fight of the Century,’” Romulo Macalintal said in a statement.