BOBBY Pacquiao labeled as unfair the observation of health experts that his brother, boxing star Manny Pacquiao, is showing early signs of Parkinson’s Disease without them personally checking on the eight-time world division champion.
“Bakit naman sila ganun? Iba-base nila `yung sakit ni Kuya Manny sa nakikita nila sa TV. Ganun na ba ang check-up ngayon?” asked an obviously irritated Bobby to Spin.ph.
Of late, Pacquiao’s health has been the subject of concern by many following the vicious sixth-round ound knockout he suffered against longtime Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth ring encounter last month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The loss was the worst in the career of the 34-year-old Filipino boxing icon, who had the unfortunate experience of running through a perfect counter-right by Marquez that knocked him down face-first and left him unconscious down the canvas for about a minute.
In a radio interview a few days ago that became the basis of several stories that came out in both print media and on social networking sites, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, opined that Pacquiao is showing early signs of Parkinson’s Disease, the same disorder that has affected boxing great Muhammad Ali and Pacquiao’s trainer himself, Freddie Roach.
Dr. Jimenez was quoted as saying the stuttering and hand twitching being manifested by Pacquiao are possibly early signs of Parkinsons.
But the younger Pacquiao contends that if ever his brother is indeed already afflicted with Parkinsons at this early, the signs could not have escaped the eyes of health specialists in the US.
“Bakit marunong pa sila sa mga doctor na sumuri kay kuya sa Amerika?” Bobby said.
Pacquiao was immediately rushed to the hospital shortly after his fight with Marquez where he was cleared by doctors after undergoing a CT scan.
Upon his return to the country, the celebrated boxer and congressman of Sarangani province also underwent MRI test at the Cardinal Santos hospital where he was likewise cleared by doctors.
And for good measure, Top Rank Promotions Bob Arum said he will take Pacquiao to the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, a known brain center specialist, where an extensive brain examination will be done on the Filipino before he returns back to the ring.
“Nag-thorough check up si Manny sa Las Vegas after nung fight. Hindi naman siguro siya paaalisin sa ospital kung hindi siya clear,” added Bobby, who also once boxed as a lightweight.
This developed as former Philippine College of Physician president Dr. Marcelito Durante supported the stand of the Pacquiao family.
“Hindi dapat nagsasalita ng ganun. You need to have basis for that, dapat ini-examine mo `yung pasyente. Kinukunan ng detailed history, symptoms, tapos may laboratory examination to be able to arrive at a more concrete diagnosis,” said Durante, respected cardiologist at the Philippine Heart Center.
“Without those things… It’s not fair to Manny,” he added. “Damaging `yun sa reputation ni Manny, kasi binibigyan mo ng impression o diagnosis even without examining the person.”
Durante, however, is one of those advising Pacquiao to retire from boxing for good.
“But that’s his personal opinion to make. We cannot impose on him,” he said.