NEW YORK – Manny Pacquiao finally got the go clearance for his much-awaited ring comeback against Timothy Bradley as his right shoulder injury that was operated on almost a year ago is now completely healed.
Pacquiao visited renowned orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache on the eve of his departure for the Big Apple to check on torn rotator cuff he suffered in training prior to his May 2 mega-showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Ready to go, ready to fight,” said the Filipino boxing icon when Filipino sportswriters asked about his check-up while the group was waiting at the LAX for their Virgin American flight bound for the ‘City That Never Sleeps.’
“Saglit lang, 15 to 20 minutes lang yung check-up,” Pacquiao recalled of his brief meeting with the LA-based surgeon.
Michael Konz, adviser and trusted confidante of Pacquiao, said Dr. ElAttrache considers the boxing superstar’s shoulder as good as new.
“The doctor is very pleased with the way the shoulder has healed,” Konz added.
Following the check-up, the 37-year-old Pacquiao went on and played basketball with Los Angeles-based Filipinos in a series of games at the Franklin High School that lasted deep into the night. The group then proceeded to a Chinese restaurant for a late dinner.
Pacquiao’s entourage arriving here just before midnight of Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
The fighting congressman from Sarangani province had a late dinner in his suite at the 38th floor of Le Parker Meridien hotel, which is just three blocks away from Central Park. Pacquiao feasted on chicken, broccoli, asparagus, and a little serving of rice.
After entertaining his visitors for a few minutes, he finally retreated to his room as he prepares for a series of interviews in the morning to be followed by the final stop of the two-city press tour for his April 9 welterweight title bout against Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The press conference, to be presided over again by Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum, is set at the famed Madison Square Garden.