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Is Pacquiao showing signs of Parkinson? Filipino doctors worried about him

Juan Manuel Marquez Manny PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: According to, a Filipino neurologist has some concerns about Manny Pacquiao’s health and thinks he could have the beginning of what may be Parkinson’s disease, the same disease that his trainer Freddie Roach has.

Dr. Rustico Jimenez noting that Pacquiao’s hands have “Twitches” and he’s worried that he could end up with Parkinson’s and/or Alzheimer’s disease. He’s suggesting that Pacquiao retire rather than continue his career.

Jimenez isn’t sure about his hunches but he’s very concerned with the health of Pacquiao. He doesn’t like the way he’s seeing Pacquiao’s hand twitching. However, he hasn’t sat down to give Pacquiao a personal examination himself. This is just from what he’s seen of him.

Another Filipino doctor Raquel Fortun is worried about Pacquiao the head trauma he’s suffered. She notes that in Pacquiao’s 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December, Pacquiao’s head had two separate huge impacts starting with the big right hand that Marquez knocked him out with followed quickly by Pacquiao’s head making a hard impact on the canvas when he fell face first without cushioning his blow.

I haven’t seen any of Pacquiao’s twitching of his arm, so I’m not sure what Dr. Jimenez is talking about. But I did notice that when Pacquiao was being interviewed after the fight with Marquez, Pacquiao’s eyes seemed to cross at one point when he was looking at the crowd and he didn’t look like he didn’t look physically good in that moment.

I’ve never seen Pacquiao look like that before because it was as if his mind was shutting off for a brief moment. I thought at that the time that Pacquiao needed to be on his way to a hospital instead of using up potentially valuable time giving an interview with Merchant. Thank god Pacquiao wasn’t hurt, but when you get knocked out like that, you don’t want to be taking chances giving interviews when you should be en route to the hospital.

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