Manny Pacquiao reacts to Parkinson’s observations

Eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao has commented for the first time on observations from a doctor that the Filipino may be showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease.

Neurologist Dr Rustico Jimenez spoke out to radio station DzMM earlier this week to confirm his concerns that the legendary fighter may have preliminary twitches – which could lead to the disease developing on a larger scale in future.

Pacquiao, 34, who is holidaying in Israel on the back of his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last month, spoke to friend of WBN Nick Giongco to declare that he ‘feels great’ and seemed content to laugh off any suggestions that he may get the disease that affects his trainer Freddie Roach.

Talks are rumoured to be set to begin with Pacquiao and rival Marquez upon his return from Europe, with promoter Bob Arum keen to stage a fifth instalment of the popular fight series after witnessing their most entertaining bout yet in Las Vegas.

39 year-old Marquez has some persuading to do though after promising his wife that he would retire win or lose in his fourth battle with Pacquiao, although a bumper payday, which would break the Mexican record held by Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, may well smooth over his efforts.