LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao is certain Floyd Mayweather Jr. knew about his hurting right shoulder, saying he felt the unbeaten champion targeted the injury during the course of their welterweight title unification match on Saturday night at the MGM Grand.
The 36-year-old Filipino believes Mayweather was aware of the injured right shoulder which he favored during the fight, so much so that the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan went to the extent of pulling his hand and aiming blows at the shoulder on fight night.
“He was pulling it, did you see? Because he knew about it (injury),” said Pacquiao just before he left Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon together with his family and friends following his unanimous decision loss to Mayweather.
Pacquiao added the Mayweather camp could have learned about his health concern following possible ‘leaks’ from the Wild Card gym.
The eight-time world division champion hurt his shoulder while jet skiing in 2009 and it acted up on April 4 during a sparring session, forcing trainer Freddie Roach to send home his sparring partners in the final three weeks of training camp.
It was around that time when that Roach ordered that sparring be held behind closed doors.
Pacquiao took medication to ease the pain on his shoulder and informed the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) about the matter, which the firm in-charge of supervising the drug-testing procedure on both fighters approved.
Unfortunately, Usada failed to inform the Nevada State Commission about the medication being taken by the Filipino boxing great that chairman Francisco Aguilar denied the request by the Pacquiao camp to have the medication injected at around 6:08 p.m. on Sunday, less than two hours before the fight.
Aguilar noted the camp of Pacquiao never made formal its request to inject pain reliever on the boxers’ injured shoulder during the fight.
The state commission chairman added had Pacquiao’s group informed them about it as late as Friday’s weigh-in, the Las Vegas authority could have approved the request of the eight-time world division champion to be injected with pain reliever during the 12-round fight.
“If the injury was disclosed at the weigh-in, we could've had a conversation and handled it differently," Aguilar said. "When you come at 6:30 with the fight at 8 p.m., that's a different conversation."