Pacquiao downplayed the claims of two Filipino doctors that he is already showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease, saying that he is 100% healthy and is actually planning to return to the ring on April that will be followed by a possible fifth fight with Marquez in September.
Pacquiao said: “There is nothing to be worry about. I am 100 percent healthy and right now I’m enjoying this memorable vacation with my family in this beautiful country of Israel. I will return to the Philippines on January 14 and in early February because I want to get to the gym because I want to have a fight in April and in September I want the fifth fight with Marquez.”
“The statements by the doctors show a total lack of ethics and it was irresponsible. This was just personal opinion and there were no medical tests.”
Last week, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, the president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said that based from his observations during and after the fight, Pacquiao showed early warning signs of the disease that is common to boxers.
Jimenez said: “Even though his reflexes are quick, I noticed the movement – it’s just another view, my personal view – but it seems like there are early signs. There are some movements that you will notice with his hands. It’s in the hands, and not the head, where you can easily see this. It twitches a little bit. Although I haven’t seen it up close, I think I am seeing that there are some signs.”
Pacquiao did pass the CT scan after the fight against Marquez, but Dr. Raquel Fortun said that the results of the examination were not convincing enough to prove that the former pound-for-pound king is healthy after absorbing a powerful punch that knocked him out face-down to the canvass.
Fortun said: “When the brain gets shook like that, it’s very dangerous. Since it’s not truly fixed to you skull, when your brain gets shaken, there are connections that get cut off, and you get small hemorrhages.”
Pacquiao and his camp is seriously considering filing a legal case against Jimenez and Fortun for their claims that spread like a wildfire in top social networking websites.
[Source: Bad Left Hook]