HOLLYWOOD—He was right there when the knockout happened, when Manny Pacquiao was brought to the hospital, and when he returned to his penthouse suite at THEhotel in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Dr. Allan Recto, a pediatrician and ardent Pacquiao fan, was at ringside when Pacquiao got nailed by a heavy right.
The Laredo-based Recto, whose involvement with boxing spans nearly a decade, said the first thing he did when he saw Pacquiao motionless was to loosen the garterline of his fight trunks to clear the air passage.
Pacquiao was taken by ambulance to the University Medical Center.
Unlike at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where she turned hysterical after seeing his unsconscious husband on the canvas, Jinkee, according to Recto, was calm and composed.
Recto said a CT scan on Pacquiao showed he suffered no concussion and was fit to be discharged.
Though Recto said it could take two to three days before symptoms of a possible head injury like vomiting, headache and confusion manifest themselves, he said it is unlikely as the CT scan was negative.
Recto first met Pacquiao in 2003 when he stopped Marco Barrera in San Antonio, Texas.