Pacquiao expected to recover fully after shoulder operation

Pacquiao expected to recover fully after shoulder operation

LOS ANGELES - Manny Pacquiao underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday, just days after his loss to Floyd Mayweather in the so-called "Fight of the Century".

Surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who performed the operation to repair a torn rotator cuff, said he could "not be more pleased with the results" and expects Pacquiao to recover fully.

Pacquiao, the former eight-division world champion, lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in Las Vegas last weekend in the richest prize fight in boxing history.

The Philippine southpaw entered the fight with a shoulder injury that was suffered during preparation for the bout.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission could fine or suspend Pacquiao for failing to disclose the injury.

The non-disclosure could also lead to possible lawsuits from boxing fans who may feel cheated after paying record sums for tickets in the MGM Grand Garden Arena or pay-for-view (PPV).

Some of the ringside spots in the 16,800-seat arena demanded up to US$350,000 (S$465,400) on resale site StubHub, while a record US$300 million or more is expected in PPV revenue.

Talks over a potential rematch between Mayweather (48-0) and Pacquiao (57-6-2), once he's back in good health, have already begun, according to media reports.

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