Eye problem could affect Pacquiao's future fights

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2019 06:06 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2019 12:52 AM

Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller, Getty Images/AFP

Manny Pacquiao will have to take better care of his eyes as this could affect his future bouts.

Boxing refree and analyst Danrex Tapdasan said the eye problem Pacquiao sustained during his fight against Keith Thurman Sunday (Manila time) is something that the Filipino would have to watch out.

The 8-division champion suffered a scratch in his left cornea during his fight against Adrien Broner in January 2019. This acted up again when it got smeared with petroleum jelly in the Thurman fight.

“Mag-backtrack tayo ng kaunti. After the Broner fight, may eye patch si Manny. Sabi ng duktor may scratched cornea, hindi naman retina. Apparently hindi pa fully healed ang scratched cornea at doon sa mga inilalagay na Vaseline sa mga eyebrow,” Tapdasan said during their live coverage of the Pacquiao-Thurman fight in DZMM.

Tapdasan said having good eyesight is crucial for boxers as this helps them evade incoming punches.

“Ito medyo interesting development sa career ni Manny Pacquiao going forward. Kasi kung nayroon na siyang scratched cornea tapos hindi fully healed at sumasakit ang mata, alam naman natin ang boxing is a contact sport at ang mata ay ang number one weapon mo diyan. At kung kundi mo makita ang suntok, may kalalagyan ka na,” he said.

He cited the case of boxing legend “Sugar” Ray Leonard who had a partially detached retina that forced him to temporarily retire from boxing.

“Ito ay already an interesting sign for Manny Pacquiao… ang delikado dito ay kung may detached retina ka na, iyon ang career-ending. Ayaw nating magkaroon ng vision problem si Manny dahil hindi lang siya boksingero, senador na rin e,” he said.

Pacquiao himself said he plans to undergo an eye examination after the Thurman fight.

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