Manny Pacquiao is expected to undergo surgery later this week for a rotator cuff tear that he failed to disclose before he lost a highly anticipated boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas Saturday night.
“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear. He has a significant tear,” Dr. Neal ElAttrache told ESPN after the fight. ElAttrache said the injury will sideline the 36-year-old eight-division world champion for between nine and 12 months.
Meanwhile, Nevada boxing regulators are also looking into possible disciplinary action against Pacquiao for failing to disclose the injury he suffered while training for the fight. His trainer, Freddie Roach, said Pacquiao was injured in April, and that he appeared to be healed. Pacquiao claims to have reinjured his shoulder in the fourth round after landing hard punches against Mayweather.
Pacquiao’s handlers unsuccessfully sought to get a pain-killing shot in the shoulder for him in the dressing room before the fight.
Dr. David Teuscher, president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a sports injury specialist who has not treated Pacquiao, told FoxNews.com that the shot likely would have helped with acute inflammatory pain and could have provided some discomfort relief.