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Pacquiao to undergo brain analysis, says Arum


Pacquiao to undergo brain tests. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

HOUSTON, Texas—An extensive brain analysis will be done on Manny Pacquiao once he returns to the United States.

And, even though he can well afford the procedure, it will be his promoter, Bob Arum, who will foot the bill.

“I have to take him to the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, the brain center … and we’ll do an extensive brain examination before we commit him to a fight,” Arum told Manila-based sportswriters after the final press conference of the Nonito Donaire-Jorge Arce showdown for the WBO super bantamweight championship at Toyota Center here.

The 81-year-old Arum, a boxing Hall of Famer, said it is up to Pacquiao to decide when he will return to the US for the battery of tests intended to find out whether he sustained brain damage in the aftermath of the one-punch knockout handed him by Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday.

“Whenever he can make it (brain examination),” said Arum. “He’s going away to Israel for Christmas and New Year, and after the first week of the year we’ll try to bring him back.”

Arum wants to make sure that Pacquiao is fully recovered before he pursues a fifth fight with Marquez, who has returned to Mexico to celebrate his phenomenal knockout of the Filipino ring superstar with his countrymen.

So big was the impact of Marquez’s triumph in Mexico that an audience with President Enrique Peña Nieto has been arranged, according to news reports here.

The four-division world champion is also set to present to Nieto the gloves he used to stop Pacquiao with just a second left in the sixth round.

Arum said the cost of the brain analysis will “not be astronomical” as he has friends in the Las Vegas clinic, where his wife is a member of the board of directors.

Regardless of the procedure, however, Arum does not see Pacquiao-Marquez 5 being held earlier than September.

That’s because Pacquiao is automatically suspended from fighting for 120 days. Pacquiao also cannot have contact training in the first 90 days of that period because he was knocked out cold.

The Pacman, who arrived in Manila on Wednesday, will spend his 34th birthday in General Santos City on Monday. His 48-person entourage will leave for Israel on Dec. 19.

“The way I look at it, I don’t see doing it (Pacquiao-Marquez 5) before September because with the election in May you can’t do a June fight,” said Arum. “I don’t want to do a summer fight, and so September is the best possible day.

“We can also do it on Mexican Independence weekend.”

As to how Pacquiao-Marquez 4 fared business-wise, Arum said early results exceeded expectations.

“Returns are excellent,” said the promoter. “The satellites (pay-per-view subscriptions) alone did 130,000 more homes than (Tim) Bradley, and I am waiting for the cable system. So I think at the end of the day, we’ll probably do a little less than the third fight (1.4 million PPV hits) … which is great.”

Since Top Rank charged $5 more for each PPV buy, total revenues will almost be the same as the third fight.

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  • DennisApolinario

    My personal opinion only. Maybe the loss is a wake-up call to Manny and his family. Gaya ng sabi ng ibang nag-post, masyado nang exposed ang family nya sa publiko. Si Mommy D, medyo yumayabang na din sa kanyang mga pronouncements. Ang asawa nyang si Jinkee, kung anu-ano na lang ang pinaggagawa sa mukha at katawan nya. Nalunod na sila sa pera at kasikatan. Maybe Manny should go back to his old simple, humble ways. Pati mga anak, mukhang spoiled brats na rin. As I said, my opinion only. Sorry sa mga na-offend.

  • captainramius

    Sa GMA News which incidentally have signed Manny as part of their entertainers pati color ng bahay na pinapatayu ng Mother nya news item.

    Susunod na e news nila… pangalan naman ng aso ng katulong ni Manny.

    Kaya lumaki ulo ng champion natin ito dahil sa pag overhype ng media natin.

    Akala siguro pwede na maging part time boxer at earned 25 million US every fight yon buti nga 
    natulog doon sa ring….

  • Philcor

    sobra naman yang 48 person entourage….karamihan siguro mga PAST-este…peste pala!…

  • captainramius

    Jack of all Trades Master of None.

    So Manny, ano role mo ngayon… back to congressman and political supporter of your wife the would be vice gov of your province ?

    Next week… Preacher ka naman…. kalimutan muna boksing.

    Then off to your TV show… kalimutan muna congress ( oh dami mo absences doon ah )

    Saka na boksing may suspension ka pala 4 months.

    Subra ka kasi magaling , lahat gusto pasukan para bang smorgashboard na pagkain…

    Yon  nasa You Tube na ang knock out mo becoming the most viewed knockout of all time.

  • pening_garcia

    Isabay na i brain analysis yung nanay nya!!!

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