Veteran boxing trainer Teddy Atlas has remained skeptical about Manny Pacquiao’s supposed injury during the May 2nd fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao and his camp have repeatedly claimed that the main reason for his underperformance during the said fight was because of an injury on his right shoulder. After the bout, the final medical assessment was that “Pacman” tore the rotator cuff on his right shoulder, ultimately keeping him sidelined for the remainder of 2015.
Atlas has always been skeptical about Pacquiao’s said injury. Right after the fight, he already put the said claim in question, noting that if Pacquiao had won the bout, there would be no issue about injuries.
He also mentioned the fact that fighters are rarely at their 100%, even stating Floyd Mayweather Jr. as an example, who he claimed fights with sore hands.
“You have a responsibility when you get into the ring especially when you’re making $100 million like Manny was to be ready to perform,” Atlas said in a May 2015 report from Boxingscene. “Nobody wants to hear it.”
Atlas is now tasked to face Pacquiao as he prepares former WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for a rubber match on April 9th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And until this moment, Atlas maintains his skepticism about Pacquiao’s supposed hurt shoulder during the Mayweather fight.
“I didn’t see any influence from injury in the Mayweather fight,” Atlas said in another Boxingscene report. “When he had to throw that hand, he did without wincing or discomfort.”
Pacquiao and Bradley hold a victory apiece over each other. “Desert Storm” was able to pull off a win in their maiden encounter in June 2012 via a controversial split decision. Pacquiao, on the other hand, won their rematch via unanimous decision in April 2014.
According to Atlas, the main game plan for the third bout is “not to allow Pacquiao to control the pace or rhythm of the fight.”