Pacquiao suffered no concussion, says doctor


Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, stands in the ring with Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, after losing by a knockout in their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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.

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  • ShineMother

    Ano ba naman yan, binigyan niyo pa ng false hope si Manny. Anong klaseng doktor naman yan!

  • captainramius

    Yup… perhaps he can tell this to Muhammad Ali, or Freddie Roach and many other boxers who are now suffering form Parkinsons.

  • bangaw

    Possible head injury symptoms may not arise immediately after the impact of the Punch. It may show within a week or as we are aging. That straight punch is not a joke which causes Brain Trauma to Manny and left him unconscious. Most probably this will be the beginning of Manny’s battle for Parkinsonism.

    I couldn’t imagine the strength of that Perfect Punch which stunned most of boxing fanatic.Seriously, I am considering to drink my own pee just like El Dinamita did, Huuhaah!

  • Jay Fraga

    This article is junk! If the doctor really said that Pacquiao didn’t have a concussion because it didn’t show on CT, I have news for you: CT NEVER SHOWS CONCUSSION!! Doc needs to retire unless he’s just trying to tell Manny what he wants to hear.

    Manny is a warrior. I love that guy. But this is seriously the most misinformed piece I’ve read in a while.

  • melbourne333

    Manny Pacquiao embodies the dreams of millions of adoring fans around the world. He is not a Filipino anymore. For the dream to rise above abject poverty and unshackle the mighty barriers
    rings universal. It is a story that will never end. It is a story for all time.

    In defeat he even showed a true shining character. He never complained. He cried. 

    Maraming salamat, Manny. Sa aking puso ikaw ay laging panalo.

  • Sargo Sargo

    A knockout is a severe concussion

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