Pacquiao to undergo surgery this week, may be out for 9-12 months

Milan Ordoñez on May 05, 2015 10:17 AM
Pacquiao undergoing surgery this week for rotator cuff tear
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MANILA - Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will be going under the knife this week for his right shoulder injury.

The Pacquiao camp had been clamoring about this said condition since the post-fight festivities of Saturday’s mega bout against Floyd Mayweather. According to Manny himself, he sustained the injury three weeks ago during a sparring session, but chose not to take action for it knowing that anti-inflammatory shots will be readily available during the night of the fight.

Speaking to ESPN.com, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed that Pacquiao will be undergoing surgery this week for the “significant tear” on his shoulder.

"We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear,” Dr. ElAttrache confirmed.

Dr. ElAttrache is the same surgeon who worked on the injuries of other superstar athletes, namely Kobe Bryant, and Tom Brady. 

Top Rank Boxing and Pacquiao’s camp also released an official statement on Monday through the Top Rank website, disclosing the full extent of the fighter’s injury.

During training, Manny Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury. Manny went to see world-class doctors, partners in the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, who performed tests and, in consultation with Manny, his promoter, and his advisors, concluded that with short rest, treatments, and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.

Manny's advisors notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency ("USADA") of the shoulder injury and the treatments being proposed by the doctors during training and on fight night. USADA spoke to Manny's doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed. The medication approved for fight night was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol).

Manny continued to train and his shoulder improved, though not 100%. This is boxing, injuries happen, and Manny is a warrior. Again, in consultation with his doctors, promoter and advisors, Manny decided to proceed with the fight anticipating that he could receive his pre-fight treatment. That specific treatment had been approved by USADA in writing at least 5 days before the fight.

On his pre-fight medical form filled out earlier in the week, Manny's advisors listed the medications that Manny used in training and the medications that might be used on fight night. 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.

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.

Also, USADA had provided a copy of its contract with the fighters to the Commission. An hour before the fight, Manny's advisors asked the Commission to reconsider and the director of USADA advised the Commission that USADA had approved the fight-night treatment, but the Commission denied the request.

With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight. His shoulder wasn't perfect but it had improved in training camp.

However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best.

 

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