Mayweather still has doubts about Pacquiao’s shoulder injury
By Dan Ambrose: It’s been almost three weeks since the two superstars fought each other on May 2nd, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. still has a lot of doubts about the validity of Manny Pacquiao’s shoulder injury for their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather notes that Pacquiao wasn’t getting his so-called injured right shoulder rubbed in between rounds of the fight, and he was able to use his shoulder without any signs of him being injured.
Mayweather even noticed that Pacquiao was able to raise both hands high in the air after the fight, and he thinks that wasn’t the way that a person with a torn rotator cuff would act if they were really injured.
“After the fight, when he was sitting in the corner, no one was rubbing his shoulder,” Mayweather said to SiriusXM’s Shade 45 Radio. “I mean for him to say he had a torn rotator cuff, that’s ridiculous. If his hand would have got raised he wouldn’t have said that. I mean when you go back and look at the weigh-in he raised both arms extremely high.”
We really don’t know how bad the tear was in his shoulder. It could have been a small tear to where Pacquiao could still use his arm like a normal personal. But if it was a full thickness tear of his rotator cuff, it’s highly unlikely that he’d have been able to use his shoulder at all in the fight.
For Pacquiao to still be able to use his right arm during the fight with a full tear, it would have been extremely difficult for him to accomplish that. I think it had to have been a small tear of his shoulder. In that case, it’s probably not something that had any real impact on the fight. Pacquiao was as close to being 100 percent as anyone. Even his promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao was 100 percent in going into the fight, but he somehow tweaked the injury in the 4th round.
Pacquiao’s shoulder was repaired by the well-known surgeon Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, California. That shows you that the injury was real, but like I said, we don’t know how bad the injury was. The doctor didn’t comment on the severity of it, and he didn’t show any show any MRI images of the tear, at least not that I know of. You kind of have to go with what the doctor said, and he didn’t say much about the injury other than there was a tear and he fixed it.
“Throughout the whole week and training camp leading up to the fight he was going to the boxing gym, he was having workouts. He was throwing his left hand and right hand extremely hard and extremely fast,” Mayweather said.
I think Mayweather is bothered by the fact that Pacquiao still feels he won the fight. He’s also likely bothered with mentioning the injury and saying he was only sixty percent for the fight, because Mayweather thinks Pacquiao was fine.
Pacquiao may need to give Mayweather some credit for the win if he wants to get a rematch, because the more Pacquiao talks about the injury as being a factor in his loss the more likely Mayweather will tell him that he’s not getting a second shot at him.
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