Adviser Michael Koncz told WBN that Manny Pacquiao will re-enter the squared circle in either February or March.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), who tore his rotator cuff roughly three weeks before getting outclassed by Floyd Mayweather, is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. Pacquiao pocketed in excess of $120 million for his pathetic showing versus the 38-year-old Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) on May 2.
“We have actually sent videos of Manny’s activities to his doctor in the US,” said Koncz, referring to renowned orthopedic surgeon Neal El-Attrache, who performed Pacquiao’s operation on May 6. “(Manny will return) next year, late February or March.”
Because the speedy southpaw failed to properly inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission about his injury, Pacquiao was prohibited from taking an anti-inflammatory shot on the evening of the “Fight of the Century.” Pacquiao subsequently fought timidly and was outscored by embarrassing counts of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
Pacquiao is an eight-division titleholder who the Boxing Writers Association of America named its “Fighter of the Decade for the 2000s.” Billed as “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines,” Pacquiao used his superior quickness to land blistering combinations and become one the world’s premier pound-for pound pugilists. Despite his pleasing style, Pacquiao shamed the boxing community last spring and fans deserve to receive some form of compensation for his abysmal outing. Accordingly, rather than competing on Pay-Per-View, Pacquiao should show humility and throw fists on free TV this winter.
The extremely affluent Manny Pacquiao, one of the most celebrated prizefighters of his generation, remains indebted to the public.