Manny Pacquiao saw an ophthalmologist – an expert in eye injuries – on Tuesday as he continues to rehabilitate from his 12-round decision loss to Yordenis Ugas.
On Saturday in Las Vegas, Pacquiao, a 42-year-old veteran who has won belts in three weight classes, was unable to stave off the assaults of his Cuban opponent, who exploited his physical advantages and jab to outclass Pacquiao.
Pacquiao attended the post-fight press conference, but he spoke to the media while still suffering from war wounds.
The fighter’s face was swollen, he was bruised, and a gash on the side of his eye required five stitches.
Pacquiao’s lawyer, Tom Falgui, told The Inquirer, an English-language publication in the Philippines, that medical professionals are constantly evaluating the fighter’s injuries.
They looked to be so serious that in a video posted to Instagram, Pacquiao was unable to open his eyes when his wife, Jinkee, spoon-fed him a meal.
Pacquiao is regarded as one of the most decorated boxers in history.
He has contested 72 times as a professional, beginning as a flyweight in Manila and progressing to the super welterweight class in America.
It’s an incredible record for a boxer who has won the welterweight (147-pound) title five times in a weight class he shouldn’t have had a right to fight in after starting out as a 108-pounder.
But it’s unknown whether Pacquiao would stay in the sport or resign to pursue a political career as a senator in the Philippines, with aspirations to become president one day.
Regarding the thought of a combat sport without Pacquiao, boxing coach Freddie Roach recently told Boxing Scene, “You know, I’m a little bit frightened about it, yes.”
“He’s been boxing for a very long time, and he’s been boxing with me for a very long time.”
Later, Roach added: “I hate to think of the day when he retires, but this could be it. He didn’t have a really strong showing, but we’ll see what Manny decides.”
“You may not see Manny Pacquiao in the ring in the future,” Pacquiao stated last weekend, reflecting on his own future.