Former welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao suffered a vicious knockout at the hands of rival Juan Manuel Marquez that left Pacquiao unconscious in December of 2012, leading some to speculate if it’s time for the Philippine superstar to consider retirement, including his wife Jinkee.
Apparently some neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez, President of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, think so as well, and he believes Pacquiao is showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease, per Bad Left Hook:
“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. There are some movements that you will notice with his hands. It’s in the hands, and not the head, where you can easily see this. It twitches a little bit. Although I haven’t seen it up close, I think I am seeing that there are some signs.”
While Dr. Jimenez has not personally examined Pacquiao, his observations should be taken seriously by Pacquiao family and his boxing team. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach suffers from Parkinson’s disease due to boxing, so Pacquiao has seen up-close and personal how the effects of the illness can impact someone’s lifestyle.
Pacquiao has been a championship-level boxer for over a decade now and has a bright career in politics ahead of him. Not to mention Pacquiao has looked less than stellar in two of his last three bouts. Maybe retirement is the best career choice for the 34-year old at this point.
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