By Ronnie Nathanielsz
As previously reported, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao underwent surgery at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles to repair a tear in his right shoulder rotator cuff at 10:00 a.m. yesterday.
Pacquiao was accompanied by his wife Jinkee during the one hour and thirty minute procedure and after some time for recovery was driven to his home and according to ABS-CBN reporter Dyan Castillejo smiled at reporters from the front door of his home.
Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz told the New Standard/BoxingScene.com that “the operation was a success and took about an hour and a half.”
He said “they repaired the damage to the shoulder and he is recovering now and plans to leave (for Manila) on Sunday.”
Koncz said he didn’t wish to speculate on what the procedure was and indicated he didn’t wish to risk making a mistake but said he expects the doctor to issue a statement later.
In a brief statement orthopedic Dr. Neal ElAttrache said he “could not be more pleased with the results of Pacquao’s surgical procedure on his right shoulder.”
Dr. ElAttrache revealed that “the recovery process will take four to six months.”
The injury was suffered during a sparring session in early April and the injured appeared to be getting better as the training camp proceeded with trainer Freddie Roach giving Pacquiao a week off from sparring and claiming that he didn’t want Pacquiao to over-train which later proved to be untrue.
Undefeated pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr unexpectedly said he is willing to give the Filipino southpaw a rematch sometime in 2016 after Pacquiao recovers from surgery for a tear in his right shoulder rotator cuff which was aggravated in the fourth round of their showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday which Mayweather won handily on the scorecards of all three judges. It was a bout that appeared closer than the scorecards suggested with both Shane Mosley and Evander Holyfield stating they believed Pacquiao won the fight primarily because of his aggression.
In a text message to ESPN’s Stephen Smith who is identified with Mayweather, the pound for pound king with a 48-0 record was quoted as telling Smith he is willing to have a rematch with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao suffered the shoulder injury in training camp some three weeks before the fight, but decided to push through with the fight against the unbeaten pound for pound king after his condition improved following the use of a pain-killing numbing agent that was approved by the US Anti Doping Agency who informed the Nevada State Athletic Commission about Pacquiao’s condition and the medication he was undertaking.
Pacquiao said he was able to rest his shoulder in the final weeks of camp, even sending away his sparring partners, and was under the impression that he will be allowed to take an anti-inflammatory shot on fight night in order to numb the pain.
However, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) chairman Francisco Aguilar barred him from taking the injection, claiming they were informed only a few hours before the fight.
Mayweather’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza who formerly worked with Pacquiao when the Filipino had a spectacular run of victories over David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky “The Himan” Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito - told the New Standard/BoxingScene.com that he “hadn’t heard anything from Floyd” with respect to a rematch even as he scuttled the idea by stating unequivocally “there is no point in a rematch. Manny was completely shut out. We must ask ourselves, what is Manny going to do different?”