Pacquiao says he'll focus on coaching KIA while recovering from shoulder injury
Manny Pacquiao says he'll devote time coaching KIA while recovering from a shoulder injury. Jerome Ascano

LOS ANGELES – The right shoulder injury he suffered in training for his welterweight title match against Floyd Mayweather will force Manny Pacquiao to put his basketball career on hold, at least in the meantime.

But not the coaching aspect.

After undrgoing surgery to repair a tear on his right rotator cuff, the 36-year-old boxing great said he’ll devote his time calling the shots for KIA Motors in the season-ending PBA Governors Cup.

“Mag-coach (muna),” he said when asked about his final conference as a rookie pro.

The Filipino boxing great earlier said he expects to be sidelined for four to six months, but after the operation, Dr. Neal ElAttrache disclosed it would need at least nine months to about a year for the injured shoulder to totally heal.

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Pacquiao said he’ll be having rehabilitation on his shoulder both here and in the Philippines.

“Rehab dito rin, although 'yung doctor willing naman akong puntahan sa Pilipinas every month,” said the eight-time world division champion.

Pacquiao said there’ s little mobility in his right shoulder, which hurts every time he raises it prior to surgery.

“Masakit kapag itinataas. Kaya hindi ako makatapon ng kanan noong laban,” he said of the injury, which he first suffered while jet skiing in 2009 and aggravated later in the year while preparing for his fight against Miguel Cotto.

“Kaya naka-focus na lang ako dito (sa kaliwa),” he added.

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