Stringent test on the cards for Pacquiao comeback


THE SPECULATIVE diagnosis by neurosurgeon Dr. Rustico Jimenez on Manny Pacquiao recently may lead to a more stringent medical test before the eight-division world champion gets the go-signal to return to the ring.

Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, caused a big stir recently when he said, without the benefit of actual examination, that Pacquiao is showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease.

Jimenez drew his conclusion when he reportedly saw Pacquiao’s hand twitch a bit during a television interview.

Pacquiao’s health has become an issue following the one-punch, sixth-round knockout he suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

As a result, Pacquiao was automatically slapped a 90-day ban from fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He was also barred from sparring for the first 60 days of the ban.

After the suspension expires on March 9, Pacquiao needs to reapply for his boxing license and get medical clearance.

Although Pacquiao has already passed a mandatory CT-scan at University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Dec. 8 and a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test at Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan, the Nevada commission could still ask American neurologists to conduct further evaluation owing to Jimenez’s unsolicited opinion.

Promoter Bob Arum wants his prized fighter to undergo more extensive brain testing at the Lou Revo Center of Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic before he makes arrangements for Pacquiao’s next fight.

If Arum manages to forge a deal with Marquez’s camp, Pacquiao-Marquez V is likely to be held in September, giving Pacquiao ample time to recover from the trauma of being knocked out cold.

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  • Estee Muri

    When everything is said and done  and at the end of the day, kung gusto ni Manny Pacquiao na maging Ali or Freddie  Roach, di sigue. . go ahead Manny ,afterall,  ikaw din naman ang magsuffer  to what is  really inevitable to happen to you .Your fans  now  will abandon you  kung  maging La-os ka na at maging “has been”na lang.. Iyan ang pinakasakit sa lahat dahil  sa ang totoo, . if you are sitting  on your wheelechair na kagaya ni Muhammad Ali , na mayroon ng Parkinson’s disease, you  will be abandon by your fans. Hindi naman totoong  they will  be diehard for you Manny  forever dahil kung LAOS  KA NA ONE DAY., the same people who cheers for you now, are the same people  to be first to say……  LA-OS KA NA. when time comes.
    so sigue Manny, huwag kang Makinig   from those people who said  Tama na.Afterall,  sa nakikita naman ngayon, pera, pera  at more pera  na ang naging Gabay sa iyo at remember GOD  DOES NOT LIKE  PEOPLE WHO  PRAY HARD FOR GREED!

  • mynnyx

    kaya ni manny yan malakas sya sa taas……………….kasama ang mga pastor…tignan mo natalo nga sya………….hahahahahahaha…………iba ang focus……..tanungin natin yong mga pastor ………kung ano yon….

  • Karabukov

    If he does not pass this “stringent” set of medical tests he MUST retire. Else he will end up like Roach or Ali.

    Or worse, God forbid.

    Those two minutes of an inert Pacquiao after that fateful KO by Marquez scared the heck out of the whole country, not just his wife and family.  

  • Willie Banlaoi

    Is this not a blessing in disguise?  His health will be surely be of utmost importance!

    • Eduardo

      Tama ka Brod, marami kasi sa mga kabayan natin ang gusto lang ay panalo! Ang lahat ng atleta merong paghina ng lakas at yun ang kinatatakutan nila gaya ni Pacman! Masuwerte si Pacquiao di siya nagaya kay Z Gorres!!!

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