LAS VEGAS — Filipino Manny Pacquiao said a shoulder injury hampered his bid to hand Floyd Mayweather a first ever defeat as a professional at the weekend.
Pacquiao, a 2-1 underdog going into the welterweight bout suffered the injury during a sparring session, according to his trainer Freddie Roach.
“In the third round, I felt pain in the shoulder,” eight-division world champion Pacquiao said. “We didn’t throw a lot of combinations because it hurt. The thing is, what we wanted to do we could not do because of my right shoulder.”
Roach said the injury occurred after Pacquiao collided with another fighter during sparring and their arms got entangled. An MRI exam subsequently revealed a tear in the Filipino southpaw’s right shoulder, though Roach said the boxer had since made good progress. — Reuters