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Doubts over Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao as Filipino boxer needs shoulder surgery

Published 05/05/2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) connects against Manny Pacquiao (R) during their welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) connects against Manny Pacquiao (R) during their welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao will have surgery on his injured right shoulder, his manager confirmed on Monday, leaving any hopes of a MayPac rematch in major doubt.

The boxer was examined on Monday after his fight with Floyd Mayweather, and his manager Michael Koncz confirmed the need for an operation.

"Manny and [his wife] Jinkee decided that in the best interests of his long-term health, he will have the surgery here [in Los Angeles] this week," Koncz said.

Pacquiao first reported pain in his shoulder on April 4 after a sparring session, and upon examination, it was discovered he had suffered a tear below the rotator cuff.

He was hopeful that he would be able to take an anti-inflammatory shot before taking on Mayweather, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission rejected the request.

During Saturday’s unanimous-decision defeat to Mayweather, Pacquiao said he re-aggravated the injury in the fourth round.

He was unable to raise his arm on Sunday, and wore a sling throughout the day, as demonstrated in pictures that were shared on Twitter.

There is no exact timeframe on when Pacquiao will have recovered, but Koncz expects him to be sidelined for between four to six months.

A period out of that length would make it extremely unlikely that Pacquiao would be fully fit and ready to fight Mayweather in September, when the rematch had been pencilled in for.

 

Source: The Independent

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