Rumors Are Spreading That Manny Pacquiao May Have Parkinson’s
After suffering back-to-back defeat, could the rumor's of 34 year old former boxing champion Manny Pacquiao suffering from the first stages of Parkinson's disease be true? Could this be the end of fighting for the former champ, or is this simply a rumor? Let's pray that it is.
The possibility of retirement for Manny Pacquiao was raised on Thursday after neurologist Dr Rustico Jimenez speculated as to whether the Filipino was showing the first signs of Parkinson's.
According to reports Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said he was concerned about the health of the fighter, who suffered a brutal knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez at the end of 2012.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, which affects Pacquiao's world renowned coach Freddie Roach. Dr Jimenez is concerned he can see the first signs now creeping into the physiology of the 34-year-old welterweight.
“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,” Jimenez told radio dzMM.
Dr. Jimenez hasn't treated Manny, and is only stating his opinion that he may need to retire from boxing for the sake of his long term health.
No official word has been given from the Pacquiao camp, but there is still speculation that he may fight again in September 2013.
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