Manny Pacquiao appeared to struggle to open his eyes and had to be spoon-fed by wife Jinkee, in worrying footage released just days after his brutal loss to Yordenis Ugas
Pacquiao returned to the boxing ring last weekend after a two-year hiatus from the sport.
While the Pac-Man was initially expected to face the outstanding Errol Spence Jr, the undefeated American was forced to withdraw from the bout just 11 days prior after suffering a retinal tear in his left eye.
Instead, Pacquiao faced Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas who was originally slated to face Fabian Maidana on the event’s undercard.
Despite entering the contest as a fairly heavy favourite, Pacquiao looked out of sorts and off the pace from the opening bell, eventually losing the bout via unanimous decision.
Throughout the fight, Ugas’ long jab and smooth counterpunching caused all sorts of problems for Pacquiao, who seemed a shadow of the boxer who had previously grabbed world titles in a record eight weight classes.
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Just days after the bout, Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee released a short clip on Instagram, showing her husband’s worrying condition.
The concerning footage saw a battered Pacquiao sat down, struggling to open his bruised, puffy eyes. Later in the clip, Jinkee spoon-fed her husband, who was clearly unable to feed himself after damaging his hands during the fight.
Since the bout, initial murmurs of Pacquiao’s retirement have grown louder, with many suggesting it is finally the end of the Pac-Man’s sensational career.
The Filipino has now been boxing professionally for 26 years and has reached unrivalled heights in the sport.
However, after receiving a significant amount of damage during the fight, and struggling to recover after it, perhaps it is time for Pacquiao to hang his gloves up.
In the not-so-distant future, the Pac-Man is expected to run to be President of the Philippines, after becoming Senator in 2016.
As such, he may well decide to call it a day before he is seriously hurt.
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