Doctors in Philippines Concerned Over Pacquiao's Health

By Jake Donovan

Prior to their fourth fight last December, many questioned why Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez were fighting each other again. The action produced in their six rounds of war left fans breathless and suddenly anxious for a fifth fight.

If reports from the Philippines are to be believed, then there might not be any more fights at all in Pacquiao’s future.

Two separate neurologists in the Philippines have expressed outside concern over Pacquiao’s health, both citing possible evidence of early signs of Parkinson’s disease, ABS-CBN News reported on Thursday. Neither has personally examined the former eight-division champion, but their own observation of the fighter during televised interviews prompted a sudden response.

Dr. Rustico Jimenez, President of Private Hospital Association of the Philippines, expressed his concerns over the fighter’s health during a recent radio interview

“If you ask my opinion, maybe it’s time for our national hero Manny (Pacquiao) to retire,” Dr. Jimenez stated on radio station dzMM in the Philippines. “Even though he still shows fast reflexes, I’ve recently noticed – and this is just another view, my personal observation – there are early signs.

“You can see it in the hand movements. It’s usually the hands and not immediately in the head where you can easily see a little twitch. Although I am not seeing this up close, I am seeing there are some early signs,” continued Dr. Jimenez, who also referenced the continued deteriorating condition of Muhammad Ali as well as Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach.

The concern has come in the wake of Pacquiao’s vicious 6th round knockout loss at the hands of longtime in-ring rival Juan Manuel Marquez in their epic fourth encounter last December. The fight garnered multiple awards – including Fight of the Year and Knockout of the Year – in addition to playing in front of a sold out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and generating well over 1 million pay-per-view units sold.

Many have clamored for a fifth fight, ironic considering that pre-fight chatter questioned why a fourth fight even needed to take place. 

However, the frightening image of Pacquiao laid out face first on the canvas at the end of the sixth round raised immediate concerns from fight fans, as well as family members. His wife, Jinkee called for his retirement a couple of weeks after the fight, at a time when CT scans came back negative for any lingering damage.

Despite the test results, Dr. Raquel Fortun – the leading forensics pathologist in the Philippines – wasn’t quite as convinced of the fighter’s health remaining in good standing.

“(The brain) is fragile. When it gets shook like that, it’s very dangerous. The brain – while it sits in the skull – is not truly fixed to the skull. When the brain jolts, there are broken connections and you get small hemorrhages,” Dr. Fortun told ABS-CBN News in a previous interview.

The knockout loss capped a largely forgettable year for Pacquiao, who turned 34 a week after the fight.

Earlier in 2012, Pacquiao suffered a highly controversial points loss to Tim Bradley, his first defeat since 2005, thus ending a 15 fight win streak. At no point in his eventual Hall of Fame career has Pacquiao lost two fights in a row, with the Dec. 8 outcome marking his first stoppage loss in more than a decade.

Pacquiao is presently away on vacation and was unavailable for comment. Promoter Bob Arum is also away on a separate vacation, unaware of the news and already planning to discuss the future with Pacquiao “once I’m home in the states next week and once Manny is home in the Philippines.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrpizza-nd_beer on 01-04-2013

[QUOTE=jr2122;12887747]Fact is, if malinaggi woulda landed that punch PAC woulda been floored. [/QUOTE] [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by PAC-BOY on 01-04-2013

[QUOTE=stretchedout;12888006]See thats the real point right here. Where the fuk is Manny's vaunted punch output ? He went from being a normal 600-700 punch fighter to this 1200 punch whirlwind..... now all of a sudden hes back to normal and…

Comment by stretchedout on 01-04-2013

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;12887753]As long as GOD-FR33 is around, I could never be the worst poster from Milwaukee. Even if I tried.[/QUOTE] GOD-FR33 is the biggest retard on this site. Even people like Check_hooks and puga know when they are talking sh1t, but…

Comment by stretchedout on 01-04-2013

[QUOTE=cameltoe;12887153]Biased rubbish. Marquez did not necessarily have any extra power, he's never connected that well against Pacquiao before. It's all speculation based on the way Marquez looks. So you can decide Marquez is on PED's because you saw him on…

Comment by stretchedout on 01-04-2013

[QUOTE=hugh grant;12886338]People need to realize the sacrifices pac has made for the sport with his regular tough competion and this is a testament to that fact. JMM although brave enough to fight pac often has had easier opponents than Pac…

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