Manny Pacquiao Shoulder Surgery to Repair Torn Rotator Cuff Will Keep Him Out for 9-12 Months
When boxing promotor Bob Arum said Manny Pacquiao fought through a shoulder injury on Saturday night, and that the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused his request for an anti-inflammatory shot before the big fight against Floyd Mayweather, you could have been forgiven for not taking the claim too seriously. After all, Arum’s job is to make money off Pacquiao fights, and if he could sow seeds of doubt in the public consciousness about whether it was truly a fair fight, he might be able to negotiate a rematch.
However, it turns out that the shoulder injury story was completely true. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, Manny has a “significant” tear in his rotator cuff, and he’ll now undergo surgery that could keep him out of the ring for a whole year.
“Once you know he has a tear that’s not going to heal on its own, then the decision for an active person is you want to try to fix this before it gets bigger,” ElAttrache explained. “If all goes as expected with the surgery and the rehab is successful, Manny could be back training in about six months. At that point, he will be regaining strength and endurance, and competition is reasonable within nine months to a year. But this is a severe enough tear that it won’t heal without being repaired.”
So how did Manny get through the fight at all with a partial tear in his right rotator cuff? By taking a more conservative approach.
Pacman usually beats his opponents by wearing them down with an endless barrage of punches. Against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2011, just to use one example, a frenetic Pacquiao threw 578 punches, while Marquez threw just 435. However, on Saturday against Mayweather, Pacquiao threw just 429. So that’s a pretty huge drop.
As for why Pacquiao couldn’t get an anti-inflammatory shot, even though it was approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the answer is…paperwork.
While Pacquiao filed paperwork with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in advance that outlined the treatment he was receiving, that paperwork did not disclose the injury. So when they asked the NSAC if he could take the anti-inflammatory shot on the night of the fight, the request was denied. And the rest is history.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]