HBO Boxing Analyst Destroys the Theory that Manny Pacquiao Hid His Shoulder Injury for Money

In this May 4, 2011, file photo, Manny Pacquiao pumps his fist during a news conference in Las Vegas. Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, that Pacquiao has agreed to all terms for what would be boxing's richest fight ever, a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. that fans have been demanding for five years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, throws a right against Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, throws a right against Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tony Manfred, BUSINESS INSIDER

 
(Business Insider) — Ever since Manny Pacquiao revealed in his postfight news conference that he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. with what turned out to be a torn rotator cuff, he has been criticized for his handling of the injury.

He has even been sued by disgruntled fans who say he kept the injury hidden to keep the fight on schedule and preserve his payday of over $100 million.

On HBO’s boxing broadcast last Saturday, analyst Max Kellerman laid out an eloquent case for why this theory was wrong and Pacquiao did not actually deserve the blame.

Kellerman argued that Pacquiao had no good options and that postponing the fight for a year to get shoulder surgery would have given him an even worse chance to win.

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