Seven-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao has undergone an operation to repair a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder this week and is expected to be in recovery for four to six months. Add to that the time it will take the Filipino to regain full fight fitness and Pacquiao won’t be battle ready for up to a year.
The 36 year-old lost for the sixth time in his career at the weekend to world number one Floyd Mayweather Jr and immediately blamed the ailment for his shot-shy performance over twelve rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Due to the injury being sustained in training weeks before the fight, Pacquiao wasted no time in going under the knife and will hope to be ready by May 2016 to face Mayweather in an expected rematch. ‘Money’ has already revealed his intention to give Pacquiao another chance, potentially on May 7 of next year, and will warm-up for a second clash with the ‘Pacman’ on September 12.
Front-runner to oppose Mayweather is Briton Amir Khan who must come through Chris Algieri with minimum fuss later this month in order to be considered as the 49th opponent for the pound for pound king. Mayweather will be aiming to equal Rocky Marciano’s all-winning retirement record on the night, although many see Khan as a tougher test than Pacquiao.
Mayweather, 38, was hinting at retirement during his post-fight press conference following the Pacquiao triumph on Saturday, but is already being lined up for two more fights which could take his amazing record to the 50-0 mark.