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Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao revealed he was
battling a right shoulder injury on Saturday in his
unanimous decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao said he hurt his right shoulder in training
camp some three weeks before the bout, an injury severe
enough to have him considering postponing the “Fight
of the Century.”

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“But one week before the fight my shoulder was getting
better and better,” Pacquiao said of his decision to go
ahead.

He had hoped to receive an anti-inflammatory injection
before the fight, which he said he had done with the
approval of the US Anti-Doping Agency during training
camp.

Manny Pacquiao points to his right shoulder
during the post-fight news conference after losing
to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight
unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP
But the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which
oversees boxing in the state, denied permission for the
shot.

Pacquiao, who had promised an aggressive, active
attack, actually threw fewer punches than Mayweather —
435-429 by CompuBox statistics.

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“I cannot use my right shoulder a lot,” he said. “The
fight was still good. But what we wanted to do we
couldn’t do because of my shoulder.

“In the third round I I already felt the pain in my
shoulder. When I threw a lot of combinations I had to
back off because it hurt.”

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“I had injuries also going into this fight,” the victor said.

“And if he would have come out victorious, I would have
said you know what I’ve got to show respect and say he
was the better man,” added Mayweather, who said both
of his arms and both hands were injured.

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“But I will always find a way to win,” Mayweather said.

Athletic commission chairman Francisco Aguilar refuted
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum’s claim that the fighter’s
camp had alerted officials to the injury days before the
fight, and filed a request for the anti-inflammatory shot.

“We were not aware of the injury until 6:30 tonight,” he
said.

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