Lem's latest: Arum to suggest Pacquiao have head examined
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will suggest that Manny Pacquiao have a neurological examination despite calling two doctors' "eye-balling" assessments of Parkinsons' disease in the fighter "ludicrous."
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum called "ludicrous" the recent, long-range assessments of at least two Filipino doctors who have claimed, without personal examination, to have seen signs of Parkinsons' disease developing in Manny Pacquiao.
The physicians, doctors Rustico Jimenez, and, Raquel Fortun, offered their opinions of the Philippines' national hero in the wake of Pacquiao's being left lying face-first and motionless following December's sixth-round knockout loss to Mexican four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez.
"They based it on eyeballing," said Arum. "It's ludicrous."
Arum said, nevertheless, that he will suggest that Pacquiao undergo a neurological examination at the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which is engaged in the most comprehensive brain imaging of professional boxers to date.
"When I talk to Manny, I'll recommend that he gets a thorough checkup at the Lou Ruvo Clinic's brain center," said Arum. The facility has already imaged the brains of a large number of professional boxers and mixed martial artists.
"They're the best in the world. My wife is on the board of directors, and I think that for those of us who realize that boxing is just a way-stop for Manny Pacquiao's life and career, that it pays to be over-cautious."
The event also has Philadelphia-based junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado in pursuit of his eighth straight triumph and his sixth stoppage win during that run against WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who will be after his 12th consecutive knockout.
In addition, recent Top Rank signee Felix Verdejo will pursue his second junior lightweight victory against an opponent to be determined on the HBO-televised triple-header..
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