Pacquiao’s Arm Reportedly At 60% During Mayweather Fight

Pacquiao’s Arm Reportedly At 60% During Mayweather Fight


Pacquiao Says He Wasn’t At His Full Potential

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At the press conference immediately following his historic fight against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao admitted that he went all twelve rounds with an injured shoulder, telling reporters later that his arm was operating at only 60%.

Pacquiao’s boxing coach, Freddie Roach, explained that his fighter suffered a twisted right shoulder on April 4th, when he and a sparring partner tangled arms throwing overhand rights. An MRI would reveal that Pacquiao had a tear underneath his rotator cuffsimilar to the one that ended Kobe Bryant’s season with the Lakers earlier this year. As a means of getting through his training camp, Pacquiao was given a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain.

Pacquiao’s camp was adamant that they had disclosed the medications the fighter was taking to prepare for the fight and even admitted that they seriously considered postponing the fight for a few weeks. They ultimately opted to forge on with the fight as planned, with a contingency plan of giving Manny an injection of anethetic lidocaine on the night the fight, as a worst case scenario.

However, a miscommunication between Pacquiao’s fight promoter, Top Rank Inc., the Nevada Athletic Commission, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency made it so that Pacquiao was unable to receive the injection on the night of the fight because of… faulty paperwork?

Team Pacquiao Claims They Were Denied An Injection Two Hours Before Fight

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According to Francisco Aguilar, Chairman of the NAC (a.k.a. the man who made the ruling on the injection), a member of the Pacquiao camp checked a box marked “no” in response to a question asking if the fighter had a shoulder injury at Friday’s weigh-in. Aguilar later stated that although Pacquiao’s camp disclosed the medications he was taking, the actual injury he sustained was never disclosed.

A fact that came as a bit of a shock to the Pacquiao camp, as the fighter had been told by his orthopedist that he could take the injection if needed and that it was approved by the USADA.

So where did it all go wrong?

The USADA never shared its approval with the state commission.

Aguilar contends, if the injury had been disclosed on the paperwork handed in at the weigh-in (the day before the fight), the agency’s approval of lidocaine on the day of the fight “would have been a different conversation.”

While the injury raised serious considerations from boxing fans, Mayweather downplayed the role the shoulder played in the outcome, saying that he also “had injuries going into this fight.”And even if the far-fetched possibility for a rematch is a consideration, it is predicted that the injury may sideline Pacquiao from anywhere between three months to a year.


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