Pacquiao ‘fine’ despite eye injury after win vs. Broner

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MANNY Pacquiao’s camp on Monday, January 21, assured the public that the veteran boxer “is fine” after acquiring a reported career-threatening eye injury following his win against Adrien Broner on Saturday, January 19.

The Filipino boxer’s team told the New York Daily News that they were alarmed when the 40-year-old boxer complained of pain and vision loss in his left eye on Sunday morning, January 20. The team found out that the injury was a minor corneal scratch from the tape on Broner’s gloves.

Pacquiao’s camp said that the boxer is feeling better after he was seen without his eyepatch during the NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday night, where the boxer once again ran into Floyd Mayweather.

The boxing champion is scheduled to return to the Philippines later this week to see an eye specialist after defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title via a unanimous decision over Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The scores were 117-111 and 116-112 twice.

Boxing’s only eight-division champion Pacquaio – who was fighting for the first time as a 40-year-old, and the first time in the United States in more than two years – used effective jabs and sustained bodywork in his 70th professional fight that was watched by an announced attendance of 13,025 fans, including the retired Mayweather.

“I proved in my last fight against [Lucas] Matthysse and now I proved it again: The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue,” Pacquiao told reporters after his win.

The boxer turned senator also expressed his plans to challenge Mayweather after his 2015 defeat that became the richest one-day sporting event in history. He urged the undefeated champion “to come back to the ring and we will fight.”

“I’m willing to fight Floyd Mayweather again if he’s willing to come back to boxing,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayweather, who was also in attendance on Saturday, was asked prior to the sixth round about a possible rematch against the Filipino boxer.

“You keep asking me about Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said, adding, “And right now I’m living a happy and healthy life.”

Pacquiao’s LA house robbed

The Filipino boxer’s triumph was interrupted when his family reported that their house in the Hancock Park neighborhood in Los Angeles was robbed the Las Vegas fight was taking place.

Police said that the break-in of the $2.17-million mansion was reported on Sunday afternoon and was found ransacked.

“A citizen contacted authorities to report the burglary on the 500 block of N. Plymouth Boulevard in the Larchmont area at approximately 4:15 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Pacquiao and his family are staying elsewhere while the investigation on the burglary continues.

  1. Manny Pacquiao at 40 can still fight in a very high level fight but it seems that he lost some steps compared when he was at his prime. He has been on so many battles and there might be side effects to his body. Maybe he can still have two to three fights but he needs to be more careful and smarter. We all know that at 40, boxer is already on the decline stage. He has nothing to prove because he was already a legend and he was once the face of the boxing. After a couple of fights maybe retirement is the best course of action.

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