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MANNY ALL SMILES AFTER SURGERY


MAY 7 ---
Instagram photo with wife Jinkee after 90-minute shoulder surgery
 
Manny Pacquiao has had successful surgery on his shoulder. He revealed the injury after his defeat by Floyd Mayweather last week Pacquiao is expected to be out of action for up to a year  Manny Pacquiao has undergone successful surgery on his shoulder on Wednesday and posted picture of the start of his recovery on his official Instagram account. The Filipino icon, who revealed the injury in the aftermath of his defeat by Floyd Mayweather last Saturday is expected to be out of action for up to a year. He took the time to thank his surgeon Dr Neal ElAttrache for his hard work and support. Pacquiao had surgery on his injured right shoulder, coming through with flying colors according to doctor Neal ElAttrache. ElAttrache, of the Kerland Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said he couldn't be more pleased with the results and fully expects Pacquiao to resume his boxing career, a Pacquiao spokesman said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Belmonte: Not yet time for Manny to retire


MAY 5 ---Rep Pacquiao and House leader Belmonte 
Even though Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. wants to see more of Manny Pacquiao on the plenary floor, he does not want the Filipino hero to leave the boxing ring for good.
The leader of the House of Representatives on Monday said it was not yet time for Pacquiao, the representative from Sarangani, to retire, in spite of his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas. “We should think twice about that because Manny is still young. The other guy is (almost) 40 years old already,” Belmonte said. Pacquiao is 36, while Mayweather is 38. He said he was very proud of how the Filipino fought against the American, and believes the former had won more rounds, in spite of the unanimous decision. “Let’s face reality. When you fight someone like that, you will need a knockout or a knockdown. Otherwise, the defending champion will win. But I believe Pacquiao did a good job,” Belmonte told reporters. “The scoring of the judges, three of them, I think that’s really nuts,” he said. In a statement, Belmonte also expressed the collective pride of Congress in Pacquiao. “Manny, we are very proud of you. All of us congressmen here, especially myself, all the Filipinos here, we are very proud of you,” he said. Belmonte watched the fight at Amoranto Stadium with thousands of his constituents. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Pacquiao may face sanctions, lawsuits for keeping injury secret
[The Pacquiao camp, including his promoter, Top Rank, issued a statement Monday, and provided a chronology of the events surrounding the injury. The statement said Pacquiao went to see world-class doctors at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic here in Los Angeles, and was told that “with short rest, treatments and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.”


MAY 6 ---Photo from Top Rank’s Twitter account shows Manny Pacquiao with his right arm in a sling a day after his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. At right, Pacquiao, who injured his shoulder while training, grimaces after being hit by Mayweather during the bout.
Manny Pacquiao will undergo surgery this week to repair a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder, but he faces a tougher task at damage control following his non-disclosure of the injury that may lead to disciplinary action and lawsuits. In the aftermath of his hugely hyped showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila) billed as the Fight of the Century, the Filipino boxing icon will face a possible fine or suspension for not answering a question related to his injury on the questionnaire submitted before Friday’s weigh-in. The 36-year-old Pacquiao did not properly inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission he was nursing a shoulder injury that hampered his performance against Mayweather, losing a unanimous decision in a fight that was expected to be the richest in boxing history. This gave the NSAC good reason to turn down Pacquiao’s request for anti-inflammatory medicine on the night of the fight. The eight-division champion, whose explosive, attacking style had endeared him to boxing fans the world over, could face an even tougher challenge to keep his image as a humble people’s champ if possible class suits are filed by these very same diehards. Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache told ESPN.com that Pacquiao will undergo surgery later this week to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao lawyer shrugs off class suits


Pacquiao's American lawyer,
Daniel Petrocelli (who was also O.J. Simpson, Tom Cruise's  lawyer.) 
The American lawyer of Manny Pacquiao has shrugged off a class-action lawsuit filed by two Nevada men seeking millions in damages because they say he fraudulently concealed a shoulder injury before his defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Daniel Petrocelli told The Los Angeles Times that he expected the lawsuit to be dismissed. “It claims Pacquiao was injured (immediately) before the bout and that’s not true he was injured (nearly a month) before the bout, was examined by doctors and cleared to fight,” Petrocelli said. “And he was examined by the commission right before he fought.”  It is just the latest fallout from Mayweather’s victory in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in a unanimous decision, with Pacquiao saying afterward that the shoulder complaint hampered his performance in the welterweight world title showdown. The plaintiffs argue that by failing to go public with the injury before the feverishly anticipated bout, the Philippine icon and his camp violated the Nevada Deceptive Trade Practices Act. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman questions Nevada body decision on medication


MAY 5 ---Manny Pacquiao is embraced by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the post-fight conference in Las Vegas. AP 
LOS ANGELES – The morning after his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao questioned the decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission denying the Filipino champion’s request for medication on his injured right shoulder hours before the fight. In a press conference at his Delano suite Sunday, Pacquiao said the decision of the Nevada body practically rendered useless his right hand in the richest, biggest fight of the century won by Mayweather via unanimous decision. “It was only 60 percent,” Pacquiao said. The injury on Pacquiao’s right shoulder came out in the open only after the fight, even though the eight-division world champion had sustained it on April 4 during his sparring sessions. The injury eventually turned out to be a tear on the rotator cuff. Pacquiao said they didn’t make public that he was injured although he barely used his right hand in training. As a result, he missed at least four sparring sessions during the final month of his preparations for what was billed as the fight of the century. Pacquiao said he had a meeting with his trainers, Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez, and they all agreed not to seek a postponement of the fight as long as the injury wouldn’t be aggravated in the final days of training. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd proud of his defense


Floyd Mayweather Jr.
AS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather said the other day he wouldn’t be able to enjoy life if didn’t make himself hard to hit in the ring. As a fighter, Mayweather is known for his tough defense, something he learned from his father Floyd, Sr., his trainer, early in his boxing career. For Mayweather, boxing is strictly a living and it’s a sport that has brought in over $500 Million in career earnings since turning pro in 1996. Before his fight against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday night, Mayweather’s biggest guaranteed purse was $41.5 Million for the Saul Alvarez bout in 2013. Mayweather wound up depositing over $80 Million for taking on the Mexican after accounting for the 2.2 million pay-per-buys that generated sales of $150 Million. For the Pacquiao fight, Mayweather was guaranteed $120 Million. Depending on the pay-per-view hits, he could end up with a total take of $200 Million. For 10 1/2 years, Mayweather’s promoter was Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. It was Arum who built Mayweather’s early career so that the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bronze medalist became a world champion only two years after his pro debut. READ MORE...


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Manny Pacquiao all smiles after star undergoes successful shoulder surgery


Instagram photo with wife Jinkee after 90 minute shoulder surgery

LOS ANGELES, MAY 11, 2015 (DAILY MAIL UK)  By Rohan Banerjee For Mailonline Published: 23:40 GMT, 7 May 2015 | Updated: 09:32 GMT, 8 May 2015 - Manny Pacquiao has had successful surgery on his shoulder.

He revealed the injury after his defeat by Floyd Mayweather last week Pacquiao is expected to be out of action for up to a year

READ: Pacquiao is a 'coward' blasts Mayweather as he rules out rematch

Manny Pacquiao has undergone successful surgery on his shoulder on Wednesday and posted picture of the start of his recovery on his official Instagram account.

The Filipino icon, who revealed the injury in the aftermath of his defeat by Floyd Mayweather last Saturday is expected to be out of action for up to a year.

He took the time to thank his surgeon Dr Neal ElAttrache for his hard work and support.

Pacquiao had surgery on his injured right shoulder, coming through with flying colors according to doctor Neal ElAttrache.

ElAttrache, of the Kerland Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said he couldn't be more pleased with the results and fully expects Pacquiao to resume his boxing career, a Pacquiao spokesman said.

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The arthroscopic procedure took 90 minutes and was an outpatient operation, so Pacquiao did not have to spend the night in the hospital.

Before facing Mayweather, Pacquiao had asked for a pain-killing injection but was denied by Nevada boxing officials because they were not notified of the injury.

Pacquiao said he thought he could fight after suffering an injury to the shoulder three weeks ago in training but exacerbated it in the fourth round, his best of the fight.

Nevada boxing officials are considering disciplinary action against Pacquiao for not disclosing the injury on a form the day before the fight.

There has been a lawsuit filed in federal court in Las Vegas asking for fraud damages on behalf of people who spent money to watch the fight or bet on it.

Similar suits also have been filed in federal court in Chicago and in Los Angeles Superior Court.

BACKSTORY: Pacquiao’s shoulder injury kept secret from public

BACKSTORY: Floyd attacked my injured shoulder, says Pacquiao


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Belmonte: Not yet time for Manny to retire DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:20 AM | Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


Rep Pacquiao and House leader Belmonte

MANILA, Philippines–Even though Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. wants to see more of Manny Pacquiao on the plenary floor, he does not want the Filipino hero to leave the boxing ring for good.

The leader of the House of Representatives on Monday said it was not yet time for Pacquiao, the representative from Sarangani, to retire, in spite of his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.

“We should think twice about that because Manny is still young. The other guy is (almost) 40 years old already,” Belmonte said. Pacquiao is 36, while Mayweather is 38.

He said he was very proud of how the Filipino fought against the American, and believes the former had won more rounds, in spite of the unanimous decision.

“Let’s face reality. When you fight someone like that, you will need a knockout or a knockdown. Otherwise, the defending champion will win. But I believe Pacquiao did a good job,” Belmonte told reporters.

“The scoring of the judges, three of them, I think that’s really nuts,” he said.

In a statement, Belmonte also expressed the collective pride of Congress in Pacquiao.

“Manny, we are very proud of you. All of us congressmen here, especially myself, all the Filipinos here, we are very proud of you,” he said.

Belmonte watched the fight at Amoranto Stadium with thousands of his constituents.


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Pacquiao may face sanctions, lawsuits By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 6, 2015 - 12:00am


Photo from Top Rank’s Twitter account shows Manny Pacquiao with his right arm in a sling a day after his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. At right, Pacquiao, who injured his shoulder while training, grimaces after being hit by Mayweather during the bout.

LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao will undergo surgery this week to repair a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder, but he faces a tougher task at damage control following his non-disclosure of the injury that may lead to disciplinary action and lawsuits.

In the aftermath of his hugely hyped showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila) billed as the Fight of the Century, the Filipino boxing icon will face a possible fine or suspension for not answering a question related to his injury on the questionnaire submitted before Friday’s weigh-in.

The 36-year-old Pacquiao did not properly inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission he was nursing a shoulder injury that hampered his performance against Mayweather, losing a unanimous decision in a fight that was expected to be the richest in boxing history. This gave the NSAC good reason to turn down Pacquiao’s request for anti-inflammatory medicine on the night of the fight.

The eight-division champion, whose explosive, attacking style had endeared him to boxing fans the world over, could face an even tougher challenge to keep his image as a humble people’s champ if possible class suits are filed by these very same diehards.

Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache told ESPN.com that Pacquiao will undergo surgery later this week to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff.

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ElAttrache examined Pacquiao Monday at his Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics office in LA.

Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the NSAC, said that on the day of the weigh-in, Pacquiao checked the “no” box on the questionnaire asking him if he had “any injury to his shoulders, elbows or hands that needed evaluation or examination.”

Aguilar said if Pacquiao checked the “yes” box, the NSAC would have asked its doctors to confer with the Pacquiao camp and verify the nature, cause and extent of the injury.

In this case, the NSAC would have provided Pacquiao the medication he needed before the fight since the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), which was in charge of the drug testing for the fight, had already ruled that the medication was not in their list of banned substances.

But Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, said he was the one who filled up the questionnaire for the boxing superstar, and that he committed an “inadvertent mistake” by checking the “no” box.


Michael Koncz: The wrong box was checked. Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz took the blame for the non-disclosure of Manny Pacquiao’s shoulder injury to Nevada sports officials prior to his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last Sunday in Las Vegas. TV screenshot LOS ANGELES

Koncz told The Daily News that he wasn’t trying to hide anything because if he was, then why would he list down the type of anti-inflammatory medicine that Pacquiao wanted to take just hours before he climbed the ring to face Mayweather.

“Disclosure is a big thing for us, and honesty,” Aguilar said in an article that came out in The Daily News two days after the fight.

“The commission at some point will have to discuss (Pacquiao’s medical questionnaire). I’ve got to run through the process with the (Nevada) Attorney General (Adam Laxalt). But they do sign that document under the penalty of perjury,” he added.

A copy of the questionnaire was posted earlier Monday on the true.ink/boxing website where Aguilar confirmed that Pacquiao faced possible sanctions from the state attorney general’s office for filling out a state form incorrectly.

“It’s something we’re looking at, and an issue we’ll be discussing with the attorney general,” said Aguilar. “Boxers are tough, and it’s our job often to protect them from themselves.”

The fact that Pacquiao did not disclose his injury until the night of the fight could also lead to possible lawsuits from boxing fans who feel cheated after paying record sums either for tickets in the MGM Grand Garden Arena or pay-for-view (PPV). Ticket holders could argue they didn’t get what was promised – had Pacquiao been 100 percent healthy, “it could have been a more entertaining fight.”

Some of the coveted ringside spots in the 16,800-seat Garden Arena demanded up to $350,000 on resale site StubHub while a record $300 million or more is expected in PPV revenue from at least three million customers who paid $100 to watch.

Saturday’s fight drew a crowd of 16,507 at the MGM Grand, and these people paid big bucks – from $1,500 to $7,500 for the tickets and even more in the black market. On pay-per-view it was $100 per household.

The request for medication was turned down by the NSAC because they did not get any specific information on the injury. As a result, Pacquiao was not a hundred percent when he climbed the ring, and he aggravated the injury in the fourth round.

Pacquiao was outpunched and outsmarted by Mayweather, who went on to score a unanimous decision victory to stay undefeated and be crowned as the undisputed welterweight champion.

The day after the fight, Pacquiao accused the NSAC of favoring Mayweather for denying him the medication he needed. He also rued the fact that the NSAC did not allow him to take the water, vitamins and energy drink which he normally brings to the dressing room.

“That’s new,” said Pacquiao, who believed that the NSAC knew about the injury after it was leaked to the Mayweather camp two weeks before the fight.

The injury was sustained in sparring last April 4. Pacquiao said it was an old injury which he suffered while riding the jetski. He also denied basketball had anything to do with the injury on his right shoulder.

The surgery might force Pacquiao out of action the rest of the year.

The Pacquiao camp, including his promoter, Top Rank, issued a statement Monday, and provided a chronology of the events surrounding the injury.

The statement said Pacquiao went to see world-class doctors at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic here in Los Angeles, and was told that “with short rest, treatments and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.”

The Filipino camp then informed the USADA of the injury and the treatment proposed by the doctors. USADA in turn assured the Pacquiao camp that the medicine they wanted to take were “non-steroidal.”

The Daily News article, however, said the Pacquiao camp never informed USADA of the injury but only asked, during two communications, whether the medicine they mentioned were illegal or not.


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Pacquiao said he sat down with his trainers, Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez, and that if the injury would heal and there’s sign of improvement during training, then there’s no reason to call for a postponement of the fight.

Pacquiao said Monday he was confident that the NSAC would grant their request for medication on the night of the fight. But it never came.

“With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight. His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in training camp. However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best,” the statement read.

Pacquiao went to see ElAttrache, an orthopedic surgeon, Monday, and tests showed a “significant tear” on the boxer’s right shoulder, according to ESPN.com.

“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear. He has a significant tear,” said ElAttrache, who added that once the surgery is performed this week, Pacquiao will be out of action from nine months to a year.

Pacquiao’s public information officer, Aquiles Zonio, said the doctors advised Pacquiao to undergo operation.

“It will be done anytime this week. He is supposed to fly back home on Wednesday but he postponed it to next week. After the surgery, he has to rest for five to six weeks without strenuous activities,” said Zonio.

Pacquiao spent the evening playing chess in his home, and went to bed near midnight.

Pacquiao’s information officer said the boxing legend was still feeling the pain in his right shoulder, especially when he raises his arm.

“Masakit pa daw,” said Zonio.

Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache told ESPN.com that Pacquiao will undergo surgery later this week to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff.

ElAttrache examined Pacquiao Monday at his Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics office in LA.

Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the NSAC, said that on the day of the weigh-in, Pacquiao checked the “no” box on the questionnaire asking him if he had “any injury to his shoulders, elbows or hands that needed evaluation or examination.”

Aguilar said if Pacquiao checked the “yes” box, the NSAC would have asked its doctors to confer with the Pacquiao camp and verify the nature, cause and extent of the injury.

In this case, the NSAC would have provided Pacquiao the medication he needed before the fight since the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), which was in charge of the drug testing for the fight, had already ruled that the medication was not in their list of banned substances.

But Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, said he was the one who filled up the questionnaire for the boxing superstar, and that he committed an “inadvertent mistake” by checking the “no” box.

Koncz told The Daily News that he wasn’t trying to hide anything because if he was, then why would he list down the type of anti-inflammatory medicine that Pacquiao wanted to take just hours before he climbed the ring to face Mayweather.

“Disclosure is a big thing for us, and honesty,” Aguilar said in an article that came out in The Daily News two days after the fight.

“The commission at some point will have to discuss (Pacquiao’s medical questionnaire). I’ve got to run through the process with the (Nevada) Attorney General (Adam Laxalt). But they do sign that document under the penalty of perjury,” he added.

A copy of the questionnaire was posted earlier Monday on the true.ink/boxing website where Aguilar confirmed that Pacquiao faced possible sanctions from the state attorney general’s office for filling out a state form incorrectly.

“It’s something we’re looking at, and an issue we’ll be discussing with the attorney general,” said Aguilar. “Boxers are tough, and it’s our job often to protect them from themselves.”

The fact that Pacquiao did not disclose his injury until the night of the fight could also lead to possible lawsuits from boxing fans who feel cheated after paying record sums either for tickets in the MGM Grand Garden Arena or pay-for-view (PPV). Ticket holders could argue they didn’t get what was promised – had Pacquiao been 100 percent healthy, “it could have been a more entertaining fight.”

Some of the coveted ringside spots in the 16,800-seat Garden Arena demanded up to $350,000 on resale site StubHub while a record $300 million or more is expected in PPV revenue from at least three million customers who paid $100 to watch.

Saturday’s fight drew a crowd of 16,507 at the MGM Grand, and these people paid big bucks – from $1,500 to $7,500 for the tickets and even more in the black market. On pay-per-view it was $100 per household.

The request for medication was turned down by the NSAC because they did not get any specific information on the injury. As a result, Pacquiao was not a hundred percent when he climbed the ring, and he aggravated the injury in the fourth round.

Pacquiao was outpunched and outsmarted by Mayweather, who went on to score a unanimous decision victory to stay undefeated and be crowned as the undisputed welterweight champion.

The day after the fight, Pacquiao accused the NSAC of favoring Mayweather for denying him the medication he needed. He also rued the fact that the NSAC did not allow him to take the water, vitamins and energy drink which he normally brings to the dressing room.

“That’s new,” said Pacquiao, who believed that the NSAC knew about the injury after it was leaked to the Mayweather camp two weeks before the fight.

The injury was sustained in sparring last April 4. Pacquiao said it was an old injury which he suffered while riding the jetski. He also denied basketball had anything to do with the injury on his right shoulder.


In this May 2, 2015 photo, Manny Pacquiao answers questions during a press conference following his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas. A class-action lawsuit has been filed by two Nevada men seeking millions in damages because they say he fraudulently concealed a shoulder injury before his defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER

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The surgery might force Pacquiao out of action the rest of the year.

The Pacquiao camp, including his promoter, Top Rank, issued a statement Monday, and provided a chronology of the events surrounding the injury.

The statement said Pacquiao went to see world-class doctors at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic here in Los Angeles, and was told that “with short rest, treatments and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.”

The Filipino camp then informed the USADA of the injury and the treatment proposed by the doctors. USADA in turn assured the Pacquiao camp that the medicine they wanted to take were “non-steroidal.”

The Daily News article, however, said the Pacquiao camp never informed USADA of the injury but only asked, during two communications, whether the medicine they mentioned were illegal or not.

Pacquiao said he sat down with his trainers, Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez, and that if the injury would heal and there’s sign of improvement during training, then there’s no reason to call for a postponement of the fight.

Pacquiao said Monday he was confident that the NSAC would grant their request for medication on the night of the fight. But it never came.

“With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight. His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in training camp. However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best,” the statement read.

Pacquiao went to see ElAttrache, an orthopedic surgeon, Monday, and tests showed a “significant tear” on the boxer’s right shoulder, according to ESPN.com.

“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear. He has a significant tear,” said ElAttrache, who added that once the surgery is performed this week, Pacquiao will be out of action from nine months to a year.

Pacquiao’s public information officer, Aquiles Zonio, said the doctors advised Pacquiao to undergo operation.

“It will be done anytime this week. He is supposed to fly back home on Wednesday but he postponed it to next week. After the surgery, he has to rest for five to six weeks without strenuous activities,” said Zonio. – With report from Reuters


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Pacquiao lawyer shrugs off class suits; Nevada bettors seek millions in damages  1:05 AM | Thursday, May 7th, 2015


Pacquiao's American lawyer,
Daniel Petrocelli (who was also O.J. Simpson, Tom Cruise's  lawyer.)

LOS ANGELES—The American lawyer of Manny Pacquiao has shrugged off a class-action lawsuit filed by two Nevada men seeking millions in damages because they say he fraudulently concealed a shoulder injury before his defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Daniel Petrocelli told The Los Angeles Times that he expected the lawsuit to be dismissed.

“It claims Pacquiao was injured (immediately) before the bout and that’s not true he was injured (nearly a month) before the bout, was examined by doctors and cleared to fight,” Petrocelli said. “And he was examined by the commission right before he fought.”

It is just the latest fallout from Mayweather’s victory in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in a unanimous decision, with Pacquiao saying afterward that the shoulder complaint hampered his performance in the welterweight world title showdown.

The plaintiffs argue that by failing to go public with the injury before the feverishly anticipated bout, the Philippine icon and his camp violated the Nevada Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

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The suit filed in the US District Court in Las Vegas names Pacquiao, his manager Michael Koncz, promotional company Top Rank and Top Rank chair Bob Arum and president Todd DuBoef.

According to court documents available online, the lawsuit claims that when plaintiffs Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran who bought tickets, forked out pay-per-view fees or bet on the fight the defendants “knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff.”

“Defendants further know that such injury would severely affect his performance,” the lawsuit says.

“None of the defendants informed or apprised the public or even the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) about the injury to defendant Pacquiao,” it says.

The clash between Pacquiao and Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was billed the “Fight of the Century.” It’s certainly set to go down as the most lucrative bout in history, with possible revenue of $400 million.

That could include as many as 3 million pay-per-view purchases, at about $100 each.

The bout went the full scheduled 12 rounds, Mayweather easily winning on the three judges’ scorecards to take his perfect record to 48-0.

After the fight, Pacquiao and Top Rank revealed the 36-year-old had been injured in training camp some three weeks earlier.

They said he’d been cleared by doctors to fight, although they had expected him to be able to take an anti-inflammatory injection on fight night, but the NSAC ultimately denied him.


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Pacman questions Nevada body decision on medication By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 5, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao is embraced by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the post-fight conference in Las Vegas. AP

LOS ANGELES – The morning after his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao questioned the decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission denying the Filipino champion’s request for medication on his injured right shoulder hours before the fight.

In a press conference at his Delano suite Sunday, Pacquiao said the decision of the Nevada body practically rendered useless his right hand in the richest, biggest fight of the century won by Mayweather via unanimous decision.

“It was only 60 percent,” Pacquiao said.

The injury on Pacquiao’s right shoulder came out in the open only after the fight, even though the eight-division world champion had sustained it on April 4 during his sparring sessions. The injury eventually turned out to be a tear on the rotator cuff.

Pacquiao said they didn’t make public that he was injured although he barely used his right hand in training. As a result, he missed at least four sparring sessions during the final month of his preparations for what was billed as the fight of the century.

Pacquiao said he had a meeting with his trainers, Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez, and they all agreed not to seek a postponement of the fight as long as the injury wouldn’t be aggravated in the final days of training.

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“Ayoko madismaya ang mga fans (I don’t want the fans to get upset),” said Pacquiao, who headed back to Los Angeles after the press conference, traveling with his family and closest friends in a luxurious motorhome.

Pacquiao, however, said report on the injury was leaked to the Mayweather camp two to three weeks before the fight. During the fight, he claimed Mayweather had tried pulling his right arm during clinches.

“Hinihila niya yung kamay ko (He was pulling my arm). Alam niya yung injury (He knew of the injury),” said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao said if Mayweather knew, then it was highly possible that the commission also knew. That’s why he couldn’t believe that when they made a request for medication (pain-killers) at around 6 p.m. of fight night, they were denied by the commission.

Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the NSAC, said they knew of the injury only after the request was made shortly before the fight. He said if the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) knew it, then the information was not shared with them.

Aguilar insisted during the post-fight press conference they didn’t know of the injury, “not until tonight.” He said if Pacquiao had properly informed the commission of the injury the day he discovered it, they would have taken appropriate action.

“I don’t believe they just found out that night. I’m sure two weeks before they knew because it leaked. Someone leaked it from the gym,” Pacquiao told the press.

Inside the dressing room, Pacquiao’s camp requested the commission that he be injected with anti-inflammatory medicine lidocaine, celestone and bupivacaine, which are all considered legal by the USADA.

But the commission denied the request because they were not informed of any injury prior to the day of the fight.

Pacquiao said he was “disappointed” and added that he’s willing to face Mayweather in a rematch when he’s 100 percent ready.

During the fight, Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring, lunging at his opponent and hoping to land the big left. But Mayweather proved elusive and shook his head each time he got hit by a Pacquiao combination.

All three judges gave the fight to Mayweather, who went home to his Vegas mansion with the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles. Mayweather went up to 48-0 while Pacquiao took his third loss in six fights and dropped to 57-6-2.

The official punch states backed the judges’ scores as Mayweather threw more punches and landed more (148-of-435) against Pacquiao (81-of-429).

Despite the injury, Pacquiao put up a good fight against the elusive American, even if some experts said Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana were far more successful against Mayweather than Pacquiao was Saturday evening.

During the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao talked about the injury but didn’t want to make it appear that he was making excuses.


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Floyd proud of his defense By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 6, 2015 - 12:00am


Floyd Mayweather Jr.

LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather said the other day he wouldn’t be able to enjoy life if didn’t make himself hard to hit in the ring. As a fighter, Mayweather is known for his tough defense, something he learned from his father Floyd, Sr., his trainer, early in his boxing career.

For Mayweather, boxing is strictly a living and it’s a sport that has brought in over $500 Million in career earnings since turning pro in 1996. Before his fight against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday night, Mayweather’s biggest guaranteed purse was $41.5 Million for the Saul Alvarez bout in 2013. Mayweather wound up depositing over $80 Million for taking on the Mexican after accounting for the 2.2 million pay-per-buys that generated sales of $150 Million.

For the Pacquiao fight, Mayweather was guaranteed $120 Million. Depending on the pay-per-view hits, he could end up with a total take of $200 Million. For 10 1/2 years, Mayweather’s promoter was Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. It was Arum who built Mayweather’s early career so that the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bronze medalist became a world champion only two years after his pro debut.

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In 2006, Mayweather decided to sever ties with Top Rank, paying a buy-out fee of $750,000. He had an $8 Million offer to fight Antonio Margarito, a dangerous opponent, and wanted no part of the Mexican.

Mayweather then set up his own management team and in 2007, negotiated a $25 Million purse for himself to battle Oscar de la Hoya. The fight set a new record for pay-per-view hits with 2.4 million and Mayweather was off to the races.

Last year, Mayweather was the world’s highest-paid athlete with earnings of $105 Million. This year, he will have doubled that with just the Pacquiao fight after the pay-per-view revenues kick in. Mayweather said his obsession with business is driven by his goal of providing a bright future for his four children.

He said education is the biggest thing he can provide Zion, Koraun, Iyanna and Jirah whose ages range from 11 to 15.

The mother of three of his four children is Josie Harris whom Mayweather beat up and went to jail for on a domestic violence sentence.

Melissia Brim is the mother of Iyanna whose recent birthday gifts included a $400,000 Rolls Royce and a $100,000 Mercedes 550 S-Class from her father.

Mayweather’s garage holds a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, two Ferrari 458 Italia Spiders, two Bugatti 16.4 Veyrons and a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

“A lot of times people were criticizing me for being a defensive fighter,” said Mayweather quoted by Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal. “But when I was at home sitting with my mother and my daughter and I thought to myself, You know what, I’m proud of myself. To be in this sport for 19 years, the main thing is I’m going to be able to get out of this sport and still be sharp and have a sharp mind. I wasn’t involved in a lot of wars.”

Mayweather said his perspective is purely business. “It’s just work,” he said. “I look at it, it’s just my job to go out there and do what I do. When all my kids, just from this fight, can get $50 Million each, I think I made a smart move.

Five years ago, this was a $50 Million fight for me and this was a $20 Million fight for him. The money was to make sure that my children and their children were secure and they’re OK, that’s the most important thing.”

Mayweather said he uses his intelligence to protect himself in the ring. “I’m more calculated,” he said. “I truly believe I’m the smarter fighter. Pacquiao would be a better fighter if he wasn’t so reckless. It’s a gift and it’s a curse. It’s a gift because he’s won a lot of fights by being reckless. But also you can be reckless and get knocked out and getting knocked out in a harsh way can affect you in the long run as far as longevity when your career is over. I know I can fight. I know I can really dish it out because I don’t take so much. If I was a reckless fighter who didn’t really care, my career would have been really short.”

Defense is the reason why in Mayweather’s last 14 fights, including his recent win over Pacquiao, his opponents have landed only 19 percent of their punches. The connect rate is slightly lower at 18.2 percent in combining the numbers of the five common opponents of Mayweather and Pacquiao, namely, De la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton and Sugar Shane Mosley. It was Mosley who had the least success in landing on Mayweather with a 12 percent rate. Hatton’s rate was 17 percent.

Pacquiao’s connect rate was 19 percent on 81 of 429 punches thrown. He was more effective with power punches, landing 27 percent, than jabs, connecting nine percent. Mayweather, however, landed 67 jabs to Pacquiao’s 18 and 81 power punches to Pacquiao’s 63. The numbers showed that Mayweather parlayed his tough defense into tougher offense.


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