It looks like Manny Pacquiao may have lost more than just a fight.
Now, the Filipino fighter and his team could be facing perjury charges for falsely filling out a pre-fight medical questionnaire. The boxer’s camp reportedly checked the “no” box when asked if he had a shoulder injury. According to local sources, they have sparked an investigation by Nevada authorities, states the New York Daily News.
“Disclosure is a big thing for us, and honesty,” Cisco Aguilar, the Nevada Athletic Commission chairman said. “The commission at some point will have to discuss (Pacquiao’s medical questionnaire). I’ve got to run through the process with the (Nevada) Attorney General (Adam Laxalt). But they do sign that document under the penalty of perjury.”
But here’s the catch: Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank, released a statement on Monday (May 4) that said his team let the U.S. Anti Doping Agency know about Pacquiao’s shoulder injury before the May 2 fight. The statement also mentioned that the USADA “confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed.”
Yet other sources said his team never admitted to a shoulder injury, but instead just inquired about the type of drugs Pacquiao was allowed to use. However, despite placing the blame on Manny’s team for this incident, Michael Koncz, his advisor, admitted to checking the “no” box himself.
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“Number one, Manny didn’t check the box,” said Koncz. “I checked it. It was just an inadvertent mistake. If I was trying to hide anything, would I have listed all the medications on the sheet that he intended to use? We weren’t trying to hide anything. I just don’t think I read the questionnaire correctly…The bottom line is that we weren’t trying to hide anything. If we had wanted to, we could have done the injection at the hotel before the fight and nobody would have known but we didn’t want to hide anything.”
In response to this allegation, this is what the CEO of USADA Travis Tygart had to say:
“If you’re a caring person and Manny actually had an injury, while it has nothing to do with anti-doping, his camp let him down by inaccurately filling out the paperwork for the Nevada Commission in violation of its rules,” said Tygart.“He didn’t get the medication that he otherwise could have used. You feel sorry that his team let him down the way that they did. His team either committed an egregious mistake, or their gamesmanship by not disclosing something that could give the opponent a tactical advantage — a shoulder injury — came back to bite them.”
Further details for this story are still pending. – Richy Rosario