Manny Pacquiao was reported to have a shoulder injury prior his fight with Floyd Mayweather. The injury was said to be a result from his intense training for the match dubbed to be the fight of the century.
However, we were surprised to find out that the Manny Pacquiao injury was not reported earlier when a “Pre-Fight Medical Questionnaire” was given to both fighters. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz did not put a check on item no. 6 which asked, “Have you has any injury to your shoulders, elbows or hands that needed evaluation or examination? If yes, explain.”
This makes us wonder more because the Manny Pacquiao injury already said that he had been complaining about it days before the match, although this was never aired. After four questions, Koncz listed medications taken by Manny Pacquiao including “Lidocaine, PRP and Toradol, dBupivicaine and Celestone.
On Monday, Yahoo Sports tried to contact Koncz in an attempt to clarify why no one had reported the Manny Pacquiao injury to the commission. Meanwhile, Francisco Aguilar, Commission Executive Director, said he had heard about the injury on Pacman’s shoulder on Saturday about 6:08 P.M. PST. This was around two and a half hours before the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather match at the MGM Grand Arena.
A statement was released from Manny’s side on Monday saying the boxer wanted to take a Toradol shot for his injury. The medication is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, added Yahoo Sports. Team Pacquiao has already notified the regarding Pacquiao’s injury.
They also informed the agency about the proposed treatments given by doctors at the course of the training and during the fight night. USDA also spoke with Manny Pacquiao’s doctors twice. They have also conducted an investigation and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments were completely allowed if they were to be used. Furthermore, the approved medication for the fight night was Toradol.
Although USDA has been the overseer for drug testing during the fight, it was not the regulating body for the match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. It was the responsibility of the Nevada Athletic Commission to have the fight regulated and was the sole authority to approve the use of the anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal drug on Saturday.
Commission Executive Director Aguilar admitted he could have allowed the Manny Pacquiao injury to be treated with the drug if he had known about the shoulder injury on Friday during the weigh-in. He also added that the doctors at the commission would have had Pacquiao checked prior determining if he would be allowed to take the medication.
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