Pacquiao to defy Arum, avoid US trip for shoulder evaluation

As Bob Arum fumes over the reluctance of his money-maker to take a quick trip to the US to see his doctor, Manny Pacquiao appears to be doing pretty good in his recovery and is considering to have local doctors check on his right rotator cuff that he injured during the May 2 megafight with Floyd Mayweather.

“I am doing good and I can now move my arm without feeling any pain,” Pacquiao said in a recent interview.

Arum wants Pacquiao to travel to Los Angeles so doctors could examine it and release a prognosis.

But Pacquiao feels there might be no need for it as local doctors are equally capable of getting it done.

“It can be done here,” added Pacquiao, who is being groomed to make a comeback in April or May of next year.

A possibility, however remote, could be a rematch with Floyd Mayweather in a spanking new venue in Las Vegas that will open its doors in April 2016.

Still, Arum wants Pacquiao to have it checked in the US so he could make his move and plan for his much-awaited return.

But Pacquiao’s calendar is packed.

Early next week, Pacquiao will travel to Tokyo to help in the Philippines’ campaign to land the hosting rights for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Philippines is up against China and even Pacquiao admits it’ll be an uphill battle.

“But I’ll be there to lend a hand,” he added.

And with the country already enveloped in election fever even if it is still about ten months away, Pacquiao’s itinerary is tight.

There is talk that the 36-year-old Sarangani congressman will make a Senate run but the eight-division boxing champion hasn’t made any official statement.

Despite his hectic schedule, Pacquiao remains fit and trim and looks like just a few pounds over his fighting weight.

“Getting overweight is not concern. I’ve always kept my weight in check.”

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