Manny Pacquiao rehab to begin in the next few weeks

Nick Giongco 22/05/2015

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A physical therapist will likely be imported from the US to check on the condition of Manny Pacquiao’s right shoulder injury, the Filipino fighter’s Canadian adviser said.

“They’ll send somebody here to take a look,” said Mike Koncz, noting that stitches were removed earlier this week, but Pacquiao continues to use the sling “to prevent him from causing further injury.”

Doctors in Los Angeles performed an operation on Pacquiao’s rotator cuff on May 6 after the eight-division champion reinjured his shoulder during his unanimous decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, 36, is in Manila to resume his congressional duties but is scheduled to head back to General Santos City this weekend.

Koncz said they were advised by Dr. Neal ElAttrache that rehabilitation could begin “four weeks after the operation.”

Owing to the tear, Pacquiao has been ruled out for the rest of the year and his planned comeback will have to be pushed back to mid-2016, hopefully a rematch with Mayweather at the 20,000-seat MGM-AEG Arena, which will be inaugurated in April and ready to host a Cinco de Mayo meeting on May 7.

Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. has Pacquiao under contract until the end of 2016 and it is likely that the Hall of Fame promoter will exercise it by staging two fights next year.

However, with the shoulder injury bothering him and leaving him indisposed for the next nine to 12 months, Pacquiao might even consider retirement as an option.

Coupled that with Mayweather’s insistence that he is no longer keen on granting a rematch, Pacquiao could end up deciding to hang it up.

Still, everything’s going to begin to take shape by the end of the year when Mayweather has fulfilled his contractual obligations with Showtime.

Mayweather is set to engage in his sixth and last fight under Showtime on Sept. 12 against a foe yet to be named.

The 38-year-old US fighter said the September bout will be his last and he is confident of becoming 49-0 by then, matching the same mark of the great heavyweight Rocky Marciano.

Whether Mayweather will think big and gun for 50-0 against Pacquiao next year is pure conjecture at this point in time.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks