Pacquiao needs to beat Mayweather in rematch to repair image
By Robert Elmore: I don’t believe that Manny Pacquiao has a torn rotator cuff at all. It might be injured. But torn; no way. He lifted his hands (in what he thought was a victory for him) at the end of the fight against Floyd Mayweather. And now, Team Pacquiao is saying that he will require surgery and will be out up to a year. And that story has changed. CBSSports.com ran a story that Pac would be out 9 to 12 months.
One day ago, abs-cbnnews.com said that only be out for six months. Which one is it? I might be more prone to believe this injury had “cut gate” not happen in his third encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez not happen.
In 2012, Floyd was scheduled to do ninety days in jail that would have made him miss his May 5th date that was already scheduled. At that point, Pacquiao’s promoter began to make plans to fight Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson Juan Manuel Marquez or Timothy Bradley in May of that year. However, when Floyd’s sentenced got pushed back to June, Arum claimed that Pacquiao would not available to fight until the end of May/beginning of June based on what Pacquiao’s plastic surgeon said. Why? Because of a cut that happened in the third Marquez fight that Arum said would take seven months to heal.
What cut takes seven months to heal? None that I can think of. On May 7th, ESPN’S Dan Rafael reported that Manny’s surgery was a success. The doctors should have performed surgery on Pacquiao’s ego because that’s what’s really needs repairing as well as his reputation. The week has not gone well for the Filipino star, but there are still those who refuse to accept defeat and have come to Pacquiao’s rescue such as ESPN’S Skip Bayless. Pacquiao was holding the Philippines hopes and dreams as well most of the American’s dreams who hoping he somehow someway dethrone Floyd upon his shoulders. Those dreams came crashing down. And for the first time in a long time, it’s Pacquiao who is facing much public ridicule. All the footwork in the world won’t get him out of this mess. The only thing that would rid people of this image of Pacquiao is to beat Floyd soundly in a rematch. Sure, he can fight another Top Rank opponent or some other guy, but it won’t matter. The damage is done. Perhaps, they should have never said anything and taken the lost in stride. I guess Pacquiao’s PR team thought that the squeaky image that they presented all these years would be enough to over look this debacle. Sadly, it didn’t.
And now almost every blog that I have read has said the same thing, but in a different way. Pacquiao didn’t tear anything. He was simply outclassed. And even Freddie Roach’s famous quote has come back to bite him. “Let the commission do their job”. They did and now they are looking to suspend Manny for failing to disclose the injury sooner. Pacquiao checked “No” on his medical pre-fight questionnaire sheet when asked was there any injury. Now let’s reverse this. Had Pac won, would there be ANY talk of a shoulder injury? Yes, but the narrative would have gone something like this. ‘The smaller, much faster, Pacquiao obliterated Mayweather and he did it with a torn rotator cuff. Boy, what a fighter.’
The ONLY way that Pacquiao can repair his image is to totally dismantle Floyd should they rematch. I firmly believe the results will be the same. Floyd wins.
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