Manny Pacquiao underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday afternoon, and the procedure was considered a success.
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The Filipino star has come under fire in recent days after he failed to disclose his shoulder injury to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As a result, he is now being threatened with disciplinary action as well as lawsuits filed by disgruntled boxing fans.
Pacquiao was adamant that his torn rotator cuff was a significant factor in his inability to test Floyd Mayweather, and as a result he suffered a one-sided points decision loss to the unbeaten American.
However, he has now undergone a procedure to fix the issue and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache who performed the surgery.
Dr. ElAttrache insisted that he “could not be more pleased with the results” according to ESPN, and he has had significant experience in the field having previously operated on the likes of Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady.
Nevertheless, while Pacquiao is expected to be sidelined for at least nine months, he could be fined or suspended by the NSAC after lying on a pre-fight questionnaire about his injury.
The 36-year-old requested an anti-inflammatory shot on the night of the fight which was rejected, while his team’s argument was that he notified USADA in the build up to the bout as he needed to ensure that his medication was allowed.
“If all goes as expected with the surgery and the rehab is successful, Manny could be back training in about six months. At that point he will be regaining strength and endurance and competition is reasonable within nine months to a year,” ElAttrache told ESPN.com on Monday.
“But this is a severe enough tear that it won’t heal without being repaired.”
After Mayweather revealed earlier this week that he would be open to giving Pacquiao a rematch next year, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum suggested that they could strike a deal to set up a second bout between the pair after the first went down as the richest fight in boxing history.
However, Mayweather (48-0) would have to go back on his initial plan of having his last fight in September before retiring, and either add another bout to his plans or skip this year and make his return in 2016 at the new MGM Grand arena.