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Mayweather-Pacquiao Post-Fight: Manny Pacquiao Cites Right Shoulder Injury for Lackluster Performance

LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao struggles last night with Floyd Mayweather were compounded by a nagging right shoulder injury.

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LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao struggles last night with Floyd Mayweather were compounded by a nagging right shoulder injury.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum confirmed the injury happened roughly three weeks ago in training.

“The attorneys had filed papers with the commission early in the week saying that he was taking medication for his shoulder injury,” said Arum. “We filed it with the commission. The commission was well aware of the shoulder. The doctor said it was an old injury. Kobe had the same thing.”

Lakers star Kobe Bryant had his season ended in January when he suffered a torn rotator cuff. Last night, Pacquiao requested an anti-inflammatory shot prior to the fight. The Nevada Athletic Commission denied the request on the grounds that proper paperwork was not filed.

“We were not aware of his injury until tonight at 6:30,” countered commission chairman Francisco Aguilar. “The medications he was taking were disclosed on his medical questionnaire, but not the actual injury.”

Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach discussed delaying the fight, but felt confident after seeing improvements over the last 2 weeks. However, the Pacquiao says the injury was re-aggravated around the third round and prevented consistent use of his right hand in the remaining rounds. Pacquiao had his best round in the fourth when he stunned Mayweather with a left cross and landed a barrage of hooks on the ropes. But Mayweather would consistently control the distance with jabs and counter rights over the remaining rounds to cruise to a wide unanimous decision (118-110, 116-112 twice).

“We thought about postponing it because I couldn’t use my right hand,” said Pacquiao. “We planned to file a commission extension for a shot for my shoulder, but the commission didn’t allow it. 1-2 weeks before my shoulder wasn’t 100% but getting better. I thought I could use it. But something went wrong [in the fight].”

When asked about his rival’s injury, Mayweather noted his own pre-fight injuries.

“Both my arms were injured,” said Mayweather. “Both my hands were injured, but as I’ve said before, I always find a way to win.”

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I have no reason to doubt the validity of Pacquiao’s statements. A 36-year-old fighter with years of wear and tear is bound to go through camp with nagging injuries. How much of a difference would it have made? Not enough to win, that’s for sure. Mayweather frustrated Pacquiao at every point. You’ll note after that fantastic Manny fourth round, Mayweather immediately took his momentum in the fifth by popping him with counter rights and kept him out of range with the jab. That would be the pattern any time Pacquiao tried to get bold and gain some offensive footing.

Personally, I don’t need to see this again. Does Manny’s injury justify a rematch in your eyes?

1 comment

  1. We have to take this fight for what it was. A way for two fighters, getting close to calling it quits, pulling off something that PT Barnum would envy. The fight was sorely lacking in action for two fighters that have been bantering for years. Even more concerning is seeing them in the post fight interviews without any real visible evidence that either fighter had been in a fight.
    I don’t blame the fighters, after all, if any of us had a shot at a share of what could be up to 1/2 of billion dollars, I guess we probably would also become money whores.
    All of you that put your money into seeing this fight……well I can only say, “silly you”. The hype was so obvious, and for anyone to think that any Mayweather fight could be another Hagler-Hearns, or “Thilla in Manilla” had to be the same people that think O.J. is innocent.
    If in fact, Pacquiao’s shoulder was a “Kobe Bryant” type injury, how did it not become an issue in the required pre-physical? Is the NAC lying when they deny any knowledge of the injury until just before the fight? The best question asked, and dodged as good as any Mayweather shoulder defense was when Bob Arum was asked why he would have brought anything to this fight other than a Pacquiao that was 100%, and his response was we thought “we was OK”. One statement he says, “the injury was the same as the one Kobe had surgery for, but I’m not a doctor, so you need to talk to them” and then he says the fight went forward “because we thought he was OK”.
    I am not sure the outcome would have been much different if Pacquiao was able to swing for the fences like is his normal style, (I think Mayweather would have just held more), but we will never know.
    In my opinion it gives both fighters a way to explain why a fight never really broke out.

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