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MANILA, JANUARY 16, 2012 (ESPN) Manny Pacquiao has responded to suggestions by a doctor in the Philippines that he has symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

The multi-weight world champion was reportedly surprised at the claim made by neurologist Dr Rustico Jimenez, but reassured his fans that he is fine, adding that the decision on whether to retire rests solely with himself.

Pacquiao's last fight, against Juan Manuel Marquez, left him unconscious for several minutes after the Mexican floored him with a powerful right.

While there has been talk of a fifth fight taking place between the two there are also concerns for Pacquiao's health, with his own camp saying he will be taken to a brain clinic in Las Vegas for tests.

But claims by Dr Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, that he has seen signs of Parkinson's disease in Pacquiao's hand movements have angered the 34-year-old's camp.

Pacquiao himself simply brushed off the suggestion along with talk that his retirement decision lies in the hands of doctors.

"I am doing good. God is good," Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin.

"I will be the one to say that I will retire from boxing because I am the one who knows and feels what my body is telling me." © ESPN EMEA Ltd


PMA admonishes Jimenez over Parkinson's claim on Pacquiao

By Alder Almo ( | Updated January 17, 2013 - 2:00pm

[PHOTO - Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, left, celebrates after knocking out Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, in the sixth round of their fight last December in Las Vegas. Referee Kenny Bayless tends to Pacquiao at right. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)]

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) yesterday admonished Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP) President Dr. Rustico Jimenez for making public statements on Manny Pacquiao's supposed showing of early signs of Parkinson’s' disease.

“As a policy, we at PMA must not issue such statement on the alleged medical condition of Pacquiao unless he has been diagnosed and undergone examinations,” PMA president Modesto Llamas said in a press conference.

Two weeks ago, Jimenez claimed that based on his observation during Pacquiao's interviews after his devastating loss from Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, the Filipino boxing icon was already showing early signs of the Parkinson’s' disease, the same condition that afflicted his trainer Freddie Roach and the legendary Muhammad Ali.

The PHAP president said that the slur in speech and hand twitches of Pacquiao during TV interviews should be a cause for concern.

“Supposedly, if Pacquiao is Jimenez’s patient, the findings must be treated with confidentiality and that could only be announced if there is a patient’s approval. In this case, Pacquiao is not his patient, therefore Jimenez is not allowed to take up the matter of alleged Parkinson’s disease,” Llamas added.

PMA Commission on Ethics chairperson, Dr. Nimfra Baria, however, postponed judgment whether Jimenez had violated the code of medical ethics until they get his side.

Jimenez told ABS-CBN News that he is ready should he be summoned by the PMA Ethics Committee. In the same interview, he also apologized to Pacquiao.

"I'm not labeling Congressman Pacquiao as having Parkinson's disease," Jimenez said. "Observation ko lang 'yun... Ang sinasabi ko, magpatest siyang mabuti."

"Kung nasaktan siya because of my observation, e humihingi na ko ng apology sa kanya," he added.

Meanwhile, reports claim that Pacquiao has forgiven Jimenez but maintained that the PMA has the right to summon him for his Parkinson’s claim.

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