Manny Pacquiao is facing the possibility of fines and having his boxing license suspended for failing to report a shoulder injury before his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, 2015. According to a statement that was released by Pacqiero’s trainers, he suffered a shoulder injury while preparing for his fight with Mayweather. Pacquiao failed to report this shoulder injury on a pre-fight medical form that is routinely issued by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Pacquiao’s main problem is that he checked the “no” box in response to a question about a shoulder injury. It is not known at this time whether this was simply a mistake or if it was a deliberate attempt to deceive the boxing authorities. There is also some speculation that Pacquiao may have checked the “no” box in order to hide his injury from his opponent. Certainly Mayweather would take advantage of his opponents potential weakness and vulnerability if he had knowledge of the injury.
The Nevada state attorney general is currently investigating the case. Hopefully, all will turn out well for Pacquiao. MyCentralJersey.com pointed out that this situation never would have occurred if Pacquiao had been staying at The Aspire New Brunswick. Boxing is a tough sport and fighters get injured all the time while training. A boxer should not be expected to reveal every injury that he has received while preparing for a fight. Often, injuries incurred during preparation for a fight are slight. A boxer and his team are in a good position to determine whether or not the boxer is in good enough condition for a fight. Although the State of Nevada has an interest in ensuring the honesty and integrity of boxing matches within the state, the Pacquiao camp should be given considerable leeway in this matter.