Manny Pacquiao revealed he was almost forced to postpone his Floyd Mayweather super fight because of a painful shoulder injury, which he says affected his performance.
Pacquiao, who sustained the problem throwing a hook in sparring, said: “We were planning on postponing the fight because for two weeks I didn’t train well because of an injury in my right shoulder. I could not use my right hand and we planned to file to the commission an exemption for the (pain-killing) shot for numbing my shoulder.
“We respect the decision of the commission that it is not allowed so we did not get a shot.
But two weeks before the fight and one week before the fight it was getting better but not 100 per cent.
“Three weeks before the fight I skipped my training for a couple of days for that reason and went for an MRI scan. There’s a tear in my right shoulder. What we wanted to do in the fight we could not do because of my shoulder.”
It was put to promoter Bob Arum that it was not fair on the millions of people who shelled out on pay-per-view not to mention the 16,000 who paid thousands to attend a fight between Mayweather and a half-fit opponent.
But Arum said: “Athletes always fight hurt. We felt the work done on the shoulder would give him the opportunity to use the right hand. It happens in football, it happens in every sport.”
But Mayweather was angered by Pacquiao’s excuse. He said: “I had injuries also. If he had come out victorious I would have shown some respect and just said ‘he was the better man’. Both of my arms and hands were injured but I will always find a way to win.”
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