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Pacquiao’s Bad Luck

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Photo via Reuters, by Steve Marcus

Hours before the historic May 2nd showdown between Boxing’s biggest superstars, Manny Pacquiao complained of a hurt right shoulder that the Nevada Athletic commission failed to acknowledge by not giving him a painkiller shot. During the PPV glimpse in the Pacquiao locker room moments before the exhibition, Manny could be seen stretching his shoulder while he loosened up on the training mits. Then after the unanimous decision for Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao spoke out publicly about his prior injuries, and now, two fans are filing a class action suit against the Pacquiao camp for up to 5 million dollars for perjury, and performing with damaged goods.

The severity of his injury was confirmed the following Monday when Pacquiao underwent surgery for a tear in the rotator cuff.

Apparently on the pre-fight questionnaire, Pacquiao had failed to check the box asking about undisclosed injuries. But it was Michael Koncz who reportedly filled out the questionnaire, later stating, “Number one, Manny didn’t check the box.”He continued, “I checked it. It was just an inadvertent mistake. If I was trying to hide anything, would I have listed all the medications on the sheet that he intended to use? We weren’t trying to hide anything. I just don’t think I read the questionnaire correctly.”

So is it fair to penalize Pacquiao, a fighter pumping with raw adrenaline about to enter the biggest fight of his life, for a mistake his trainer had probably made out of simple haste?

Or there is always the case where Koncz checked no for injuries because he wanted Pacquiao to go through with the fight even though he was damaged goods.

But behind that reasoning, Koncz wouldn’t have mentioned Pacquiao’s list of medications, nor requested the shoulder shot if he were trying to hide the injury.

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Manny Pacquiao and trainer, Michael Koncz

Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar told the Associated press, “As a licensee of the commission you want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information.”

So who is to blame?

It would appear that most of the blame should be thrust upon the Nevada Athletic Commission according to the rules and agreements of the Commission’s doctrine:  NAC Chapter 467.027  Determination of physical and mental fitness to engage in unarmed combat; examination and testing; results of medical tests required (a) Be examined by a physician to establish the physical and mental fitness of the applicant or unarmed combatant for competition before exhibition. 

And if Manny Pacquiao’s trainer listed medical conditions and asked for a shot, then the physician would contain enough reasonable evidence to believe there existed a prior injury to the fight.

But then the question just lies in practicality, with the promoters nearby, who had gone through hoops of advertising and planning to make the May 2nd fight a reality, would it of been feasible to postpone the entire event, not to mention the exuberant costs for reimbursing the nearly 16,500 attendees at the MGM Grand for hotel and travel costs?

It always seems to boil down to money, and it was more economically agreeable to go through with the fight at the cost of risking a fan class action law suit than to cancel the entire event for another day. Terrible luck for Pacquiao, who was  caught in the middle between performing with a shoulder injury and causing a financial fiasco.

As to what Floyd Mayweather has to say about all this, he agreed to a rematch on ESPN, “I will fight him in a year after his surgery.”

If this fight happens again, it surely wont reach its former heights as fans will be quite dubious as to whether its even worth watching.