Manny Pacquiao will not file a legal complaint against Dr. Rustico Jimenez, saying that he has already forgiven the president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines.
Jimenez was one of the main subjects of controversies in the world boxing scene after saying that Pacquiao has been showing early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease – a disease that has plagued boxers like Muhammad Ali during the twilight of their career.
Jimenez based his claims from his own personal observation and not from a personal examination. The doctor said that Pacquiao showed early warning symptoms through his hands and speech during and after his fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last month.
Pacquiao said that Jimenez “might just have been hungry” when he watched the fight or during the time he voiced out his claims in the media. But while, Pacquiao will not file a complaint, the eight-division champion said that Jimenez could still face investigation from the Philippine Medical Association.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao could return to the ring and try to regain his lost glory in April, but the fight could be staged outside of the United States.
Pacquiao will have a meeting with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and the boxer’s legal adviser Mike Koncz in New York next week to iron out the details of his comeback fight, including the name of his possible opponents and possible venue.
Koncz said that a fight in the United States is out of the picture for now due to tax issues. Macau and Dubai are seriously being considered for Pacquiao’s comeback fight, which could serve as a tune-up bout for a potential fifth meeting with Marquez in September.
Possible names of opponents have already floated – Jessie Vargas or Vyacheslav Senchenko – but other names could be included in the mix after next week’s meeting in the Big Apple.