Wednesday 17 January 2018

Pacquiao undergoes successful surgery while Khan says Ramadan won't scupper potential Mayweather bout

Floyd Mayweather lands a left hand on Manny Pacquiao during his comfortable victory in Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather lands a left hand on Manny Pacquiao during his comfortable victory in Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday, just days after his loss to Floyd Mayweather in the so-called "Fight of the Century".

Surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who performed the operation to repair a torn rotator cuff, said he could "not be more pleased with the results" and expects Pacquiao to recover fully.

Pacquiao, the former eight-division world champion, lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in Las Vegas last weekend in the richest prize fight in boxing history.

The Filipino southpaw entered the fight with a shoulder injury that was suffered during preparation for the bout. The Nevada State Athletic Commission could fine or suspend Pacquiao for failing to disclose the injury.

The non disclosure could also lead to possible lawsuits from boxing fans who may feel cheated after paying record sums for tickets in the MGM Grand Garden Arena or pay-for-view (PPV).

Some of the ringside spots in the 16,800-seat arena demanded up to $350,000 on resale site StubHub, while a record $300 million or more is expected in PPV revenue.

Talks over a potential rematch between Mayweather (48-0) and Pacquiao (57-6-2), once his health resumes, have already began, according to media reports.

Meanwhile Amir Khan has raised the possibility of a September showdown with Mayweather after insisting his observance of Ramadan would not prevent him fighting the unbeaten American.

The Muslim festival ends on July 17 this year and Khan believes that date leaves sufficient time to embark on his training camp in preparation to face the undisputed welterweight champion.

Mayweather confirmed after outpointing Manny Pacquiao on Sunday that he will retire once he completes his six-bout deal with US television network Showtime with his final outing set to be in Las Vegas in September.

Khan believes eight weeks would be enough time for him to face the reigning pound-for-pound king if chosen as his next opponent.

"I'm not ruling out fighting in September because it's possible that it could happen," Khan said.

"Mayweather only fights in mid-September and Ramadan will be a little earlier this year, which helps. It gives me enough time to get the training done. So it can happen in September."

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