The MGM Grand on Saturday witnessed an uncharacteristically passive Manny Pacquiao fighting against Floyd Mayweather Jr. The ace Filipino pugilist, though, is famous for his hyper-aggressive style in the ring. Fans wondered about the reason.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum questioned why Pacquiao was denied a pre-fight arm injection by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Pacquiao revealed that he had sustained a shoulder injury while training for the bout weeks earlier. Though he didn’t put it as excuse for his defeat.
ESPN reported that Pacquiao fought with a torn rotator cuff he picked up a couple of weeks before the big day at MGM Grand.
“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear, This is a severe enough tear that it won’t heal without being repaired,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic told ESPN.
Southpaw Pacquiao reflected severe difficulties with his right arm as he could only land 18 jabs compared to Mayweather’s 67 during the 12 rounds of the fight.
ElAttrache also confirmed that Pacquiao will undergo a shoulder surgery in Los Angeles, though the date is yet to be fixed. The entire rehabilitation process would keep the Filipino athlete out of the rings for almost a year.
“If all goes as expected with the surgery and the rehab is successful, Manny could be back training in about six months,” ElAttrache clarified. “At that point, he will be regaining strength and endurance, and competition is reasonable within nine months to a year.”
ElAttrache is a renowned orthopedic surgeon in North America and has successfully operated several famous sport-stars like New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.