Pacquiao might sue over Parkinson's fears
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Manny Pacquiao is considering filing charges against a neurological expert who expressed concern the boxer may be showing early signs of Parkinson's disease.
In a text message sent to ABS-CBN News, the boxer’s adviser Michael Koncz, said they might sue Dr. Rustico Jimenez for making speculative statements on Pacquiao’s condition.
“Tell me how can one make such allegations based on mere speculation as I am not aware that this alleged doctor ever examined Manny yet he makes such a diagnoses,” said Koncz.
“We are contemplating a civil suit for meritless and unfounded accusations.”
Jimenez, president of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, was earlier quoted on radio dzMM saying that he saw Pacquiao showing signs Parkinson's.
He said the boxer’s hand twitches and Pacquiao's stuttering during television interviews should be a cause for concern.
But Jimenez admitted that he has not met Pacquiao to personally check on his condition and could be wrong with his observations.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
"Kung ako naman ang tatanungin, siguro dapat mag-retiro ang ating pambansang hero na si Manny," Jimenez said.
The doctor made his claim following Pacquiao’s stunning 6th-round knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
The boxer made the mistake of walking into Marquez’s counter right, which sent him crashing face down into the canvas.
Boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said Pacquiao will have to rethink his future following the loss.
"You have to give these specialists credit. They can even see signs on television,” he said.
“One thing I noticed was - when Ricky Hatton got knocked out by Pacquiao, his legs twitched. That's a bad sign. When Fernando Montiel got knocked out by Nonito Donaire, his legs twitched. When Pacquiao got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, he was flat on his face but you did see a little twitching of the feet," narrated Nathanielsz. -- With a report from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News