Pacquiao needs to rethink options, says analyst

Posted at Jan 04 2013 11:29 AM | Updated as of Jan 04 2013 07:29 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao needs to seriously rethink his career following a recent report that he may be exhibiting early signs of Parkinson's disease, sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said Friday.

Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Nathanielsz said he cannot completely debunk neurologist Rustico Jimenez's observation that Pacquiao might be exhibiting early signs of Parkinson's despite failing to personally examine the boxer.

"You have to give these specialists credit. They can even see signs on television. One thing I noticed was - when Ricky Hatton got knocked out by Pacquiao, his legs twitched. That's a bad sign. When Fernando Montiel got knocked out by Nonito Donaire, his legs twitched. When Pacquiao got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, he was flat on his face but you did see a little twitching of the feet," he said.

Nathanielsz said Top Rank boss Bob Arum wanted Pacquiao to undergo an extensive power checkup at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health after his devastating knockout loss to Marquez.

The analyst said he had spoken to several neurosurgeons who said that being punched in the face is dangerous because "your brain hits the back of your skull."