Manny Pacquiao is set for surgery on torn rotator cuff, out for up to a year
Anyone who was doubting the legitimacy of Manny Pacquiao's shoulder injury should consider sending him a letter of apology.
The Filipino suffered the sixth defeat of his professional career when Floyd Mayweather outscored him en route to a unanimous decision but, after the fight, it emerged that he had sustained a shoulder injury in the run-up to the bout.
The surgery could rule Pacquiao out for up to 12 months which would all but put the kibosh on any chance of a rematch with Mayweather considering the likelihood of the American to retire this year.
“We have an MRI scan that confirms he [Pacquiao] has a rotator cuff tear. He has a significant tear,” orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache told ESPN.com.
Breaking news: Pacquiao to have shoulder surgery for "significant tear" in his right rotator cuff, according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
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Pacquiao's injury, combined with Mayweather's proclivity to fight a defensive fight, may have been the reason behind the lack of activity in the bout which led to many complaints from the worldwide audience.