By Rudy Mondragón
Dr. Rustico Jimenez, President of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines said he was concerned about the KO Manny Pacquiao experienced at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012. Although Dr. Jimenez has not formally examined Pacquiao, Dr. Jimenez claims the boxer is showing the first signs of Parkison’s disease.
Manny Pacquiao’s response is that there “is nothing to be worry(ed) about. I am 100% healthy right now.” He also stated that he is eyeing a fight in the middle of 2013 and a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez in September of the same year.
It will be important and critical for Manny Pacquiao to take Dr. Jimenez’s observations seriously and consider how it can impact his life post-boxing career. As something that his trainer, Freddie Roach can relate to, it might be in Pacquiao’s best interest to have a real talk session with him and learn about Roach’s lived experience with the disease.
Boxing is a sport that requires one to use their fists and mind. It is also a sport that relies heavily on timing. Timing, in the context of a Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather fight, is applicable in this conversation because that train has left the station. Two fighters who should have faced each other when both were in their prime, was a fight the people wanted to see. That no longer holds truth. Same hold’s weight when you talk about a 5th fight against Marquez. Why? Because boxing is a sport that should entertain the best fighting the best, match ups that are competitive, ultimately giving the people a good show. At this point, Floyd and Marquez has viable opponents for Manny Pacquiao are not about the organic nature of boxing, but the ugly capitalistic side of the sport.
With that said, Manny has done a great deal in the sport and has nothing to prove at this point. It’s a moment of truth for Pacman, I hope he makes a decision that is right for him and his family and not for Top Rank and the rest of the puppet masters in his corner.