Anyone who witnessed Juan Manuel Marquez knocking out Manny Pacquiao last weekend knows how brutal the deciding blow was. Pacquiao has fought in 61 bouts over the past 17 years, and never has he been dropped to the canvas -- face first -- in such dramatic fashion. Marquez’s punch was packing some serious power behind and it, that serious power did a whole lot of damage to its intended target.
While speaking with reporters this week, Top Rank boss Bob Arum suggested that Pacquiao needed “a complete brain checkup” before he could even consider fighting again. A veteran in the industry, Arum understands all too well the dangers of leaving serious head trauama untreated.
“I am a hundred percent in agreement. That’s one thing I am going to suggest. We have the best brain center in the world here in Las Vegas, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Brain Center and I will suggest that he have a complete evaluation,” Arum said.
When pressed on the treatment that Pacquiao got immediately after the fight, Arum noted the difference between that examination and the one he was recommending.
“You could see that there is no serious damage but unless you do a complete brain evaluation you cannot estimate whether there is any damage.”
Once Pacquiao is all checked out, then -- and only then -- will Arum start plotting their next move.
“I don’t want to talk about boxing after he told me he wants to fight again and he wants to do a rematch and I said we are not talking about anything until after the first of the year.
“He needs rest, he should get away from boxing for a little bit. There’s no rush for either guy and then we’ll do the rematch in June or September. A fight in-between is not necessary.”