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Floyd Mayweather Jr., the victor in Saturday night’s welterweight championship fight against Manny Pacquiao, has said in a recent text message that he would fight Pacquiao next year after he recovers from shoulder surgery. The victory brought Mayweather Jr.’s record to a sterling 48-0 with 26 wins by way of knockout.
Pacquiao’s right rotator cuff was injured during a sparring session before the fight on April 4th, but recovered enough to fight, according to his trainers. He did ask for an injection before the fight in the dressing room, and was denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The normal recovery time for such an injury is 9 to 12 months. This would extend past the Showtime contract of Floyd Mayweather Jr., who says he will fight again this fall to satisfy his contractual obligations. The fight with Pacquiao, if he fights another opponent this fall, would give him the opportunity to reach a record of 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s all-time perfect record of 49-0.
It is also the contention of the Nevada Athletic Commission that Pacquiao’s camp did not disclose the injury when asked to do so before the fight, and as such he may be subject to a suspension. Pacquiao was unavailable for comment.
By Evander Smart
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