Manny Pacquiao accused of dishonestyover shoulder injury

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Manny Pacquiao has been accused of lying over a shoulder injury

sustained before hisfight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

If the Filipino is found guilty, the penalty for perjury could be a

jail sentence of between one and four years, and a fine ofup to $5,000


The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) says Pacquiao, 36, did not

declare the injury on a pre-fight questionnaire.But the fighter says

he was transparent and a treatmentplan had been agreed.

Pacquiao blamed his points defeat on the injury – claiming it stopped

him using his right hand – but a joint statement released by Team

Pacquiao and his promoters Top Rank said the United States Anti-Doping

Agency (Usada) had been notified during the fighter's training camp

and on fight night.

They added that a Usada doctor sanctioned the use ofa non-steroidal

anti-inflammatory on fight night, but the NAC did not allow it to be

administered because they were"unaware" of the shoulder injury.The

statement added: "This was disappointing since Team Pacquiao had

disclosed the injury and treatment to Usada, who approved the

treatments and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight

medical form.

"The NAC says the Pacquiao camp were not "obligated" to disclose the

injury, but their executive director BobBennett said: "It's not just

the fact he didn't fill out thequestion completely, it's that he

wasn't honest.

"Two hours before the fight they wanted a shot that's a painkiller, in

essence. That put us in a very precarious position."

Surgeon Neal ElAttrache told ESPN the fighter has a"significant tear"

in his rotator cuff and added the injury was likely to sideline him

for between nine and 12 months.

Mayweather, 38, scored a unanimous points victory in the four-belt

unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the win extending the

American's unbeaten record as a professional to 48 fights.

Pacquiao's surgery means any rematch is unlikely, with Mayweather

insisting he will retire in September after one more fight.

Credit: BBC

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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