Some people say Manny Pacquiao was clearly not the same offensive-minded fighter he has been in previous fights during his recent bout with Floyd Mayweather. Others say Mayweather was just too good of a fighter. Regardless, there has been a lot of talk and controversy recently regarding Pacquiao having a pre-existing shoulder injury, which was not disclosed prior to the fight.
According to ESPN.com, Manny Pacquiao will undergo right shoulder surgery later this week by orthopedic surgeons to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff and may be out for 9-12 months. He may be fined or even suspended due to the fact that he answered “no” on the questionnaire of whether he had any shoulder problems before the fight.
Shoulder injuries are not only reserved for elite athletes. Below, I share what it means to have a rotator cuff injury, symptoms you can look out for and what Pacquiao’s prognosis will be after surgery.
What is the rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm within the shoulder socket and stable.
What is a rotator cuff tear?
This occurs when one or more of the tendons that make up the cuff are torn from overuse or injury. This can happen acutely (as during a boxing match or other strenuous activity) or chronically (over time).