Should we all feel cheated?
Manny Pacquiao walked into his mega bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night injured. ESPN is reporting that Pacquiao has a "significant tear" of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will undergo surgery later this week. He will be out of action between nine months and one year. Pacquiao is estimated to have pocketed $120 million from the fight.
Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said the commission was not told of Pacman's injury until hours before the fight Saturday night.
"The medications he was taking were disclosed on his medical questionnaire, but not the actual injury," Aguilar told ESPN. "This isn't our first fight. This is our business. There is a process, and when you try to screw with the process, it's not going to work for you."
Aguilar added that Pacquiao could be fined or suspended by the commission.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache added that the injury forced Pacquiao to modify his aggressive, busy punching style.
"He moderated what he did with his right hand," said ElAttrache, who did Kobe Bryant's rotator cuff surgery and will perform Pacquiao's surgery. "His punch count was less than it has been. He did alter the way he fought to get through the fight with the injury. He is in pain."
Pacquiao seemed tentative at best late in the fight Saturday night, resulting in an easy Mayweather unanimous decision in a bout that didn't live up to its "Fight of the Century" billing.
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