Roach: Mayweather Knew Of Manny’s Shoulder Injury
While it was news to many that Manny Pacquiao walked into his 2015 fight with Floyd Mayweather with an injured shoulder, trainer Freddie Roach revealed that Mayweather and his team were well aware.
After their 2015 fight in Las Vegas, Pacquiao told the world that he had aggravated a prior shoulder injury heading into fight night, but Roach told Dan Patrick that while it was never revealed in the pre-fight medical testing, Mayweather’s camp were aware.
Per Roach, a deal was made that Mayweather could use a painkiller for issues with his hands, and Pacquiao could use one for his shoulder. That would be thwarted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, due to Pacquiao never admitting the issue in pre-fight medical documents.
The legendary trainer even tried to postpone the fight, following the news Pacquiao needed to go under the knife.
“I didn’t try to stop that fight until I found out that the injury was that bad…. that the injury on his shoulder would need surgery to fix. So we were going to go into the fight with a bad shoulder, so we had an agreement that Mayweather could shoot his hands up, which he does often, because he has very fragile hands… so he uses a painkiller that he has in his hands so he can get to a fight, and we had [an agreement] that Manny could get a painkiller for his shoulder. But on the night of the fight, he was allowed to use it and we weren’t,” Roach told The Dan Patrick Show.
“Yes, [Mayweather’s camp knew about the shoulder injury]. There was a lot of money at stake. I still feel bad about letting that fight go, but I wasn’t powerful enough to stop that fight from happening. There were big promoters and so much money. The payday was tremendous. But I don’t do this just for the money, I do it for the love of the sport.
“I didn’t think Pacquiao was capable of fighting his best fight one-handed.”
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