Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao fair and square in the Fight of the Century tonight. Pacquiao fans can try to say otherwise, but Mayweather outclassed him for much of the fight and ran away with a victory. But was Pacquiao suffering from a severe right shoulder injury during the match?
According to Pacquiao, yes. It's an injury that he reportedly suffered three or four weeks ago while training. And while he requested an inflammatory shot for his shoulder prior to tonight's fight, the Nevada Athletic Commission turned him down and told him that he'd have to fight without it because he hadn't listed any injuries in a pre-fight evaluation.
The shoulder injury might require surgery and could potentially keep Pacquiao out of the ring for nine months. Stay tuned for further updates.
Pacquiao's promoter described his injury as "the same as the one Kobe Bryant had." Pacquiao also said that, while he didn't want to make excuses for why he lost, his shoulder did affect him during the fight.
"It's part of the game," Pacquiao said. "I don't want to make alibis or complain or anything ... [but] it's hard to fight one-handed."
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[via Yahoo! Sports]