‘Pacman’ wants to sue neurologist
Eight division world champion and future Boxing Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao is contemplating legal action against a neurologist who says he is showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz made the suggestion while responding to a query from BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard after the neurologist and president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, claimed that he had noticed Pacquiao’s hand twitching and stuttering while watching him on television.
Dr. Jimenez conceded he could be wrong in his observations since he had not personally examined Pacquiao but went on to urge the national sports hero to follow the pleas of many others including his wife Jinkee and his mother Dionisia to hang up his gloves following his crushing sixth round knockout by Juan Manuel Marquez last December 8.
But Pacquiao has released a statement saying there was nothing wrong with him and added he was looking to fight in April and then a re-match with Marquez whom he had defeated on three previous occasions before being stunningly knocked out cold by the Mexican last month. †
Assessing Pacquiao, 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.”
The disease is something that has plagued boxers late into their career and continues to affect them throughout their lives. Former heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali currently suffers from Parkinson’s disease, as well as Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach.
Unlike many athletes, Pacquiao is well prepared for a career after sports. He has been involved in numerous entertainment ventures, and he is a member of Congress in the Philippines.
He was also recently named the No. 2 richest athlete in the world by Forbes. (boxingscene.com)