Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao won't see action in the ring until after four months following his stunning sixth round knockout by his Mexican foe Juan Manuel Marquez last December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) handed the automatic suspension to allow Pacquiao to recover from the devastating knockout and to undergo more brain check and general medical examination.
The 120-day NSAC suspension also prohibits Pacquaio from engaging in boxing-related exercises for 90 days.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said, the Filipino boxer will undergo a series of tests at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to find out the extent of damage, if any, on the brain of Pacquiao.
“I have to take him to the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, the brain center, which is a brain specialist,” said Arum (via Philtar.com). “We’re going to do an extensive brain examination before we commit him to a fight.”
With the NSAC suspension in place, Pacquiao won't be able to return to the ring on April 20 as originally announced by Bob Arum.
Asked if his previous fight announcement holds, Arum said, “I don’t think so (April fight). First of all, it’s too soon because he’s suspended for 120 days and 90 days no contact. So I don’t want to rush,” he said.
Arum shared trainer Freddie Roach's thoughts that Pacquiao should take a long rest and come back on September for another major fight.
“April or May is just too soon,” said Roach.
“I got to talk with Manny and we had a great conversation on what’s going to happen next and right now how he feels and we haven’t completely decided but we have a good idea,” said Roach.
“We are going to talk to (Top Rank head) Bob (Arum). Me, Manny and (adviser) Michael (Koncz) and me and Bob will sit down for the next decision. In my opinion, I believe he should get some rest. Don’t rush it,” Roach added.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao visited the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in the Philippines for another brain examination Thursday.
Hours after the series of brain tests, Pacquiao said he is happy with the result, saying "everything is ok."
“Normal na normal at maayos ang kanyang kalusugan,”(Normal and in good health) said Cardinal Santos CEO Pilar Nenuca Almira