Top Rank: Pacquiao to undergo brain tests

Posted at 01/05/13 7:56 PM

Top Rank remains positive on Pacquiao-Marquez 5

MANILA, Philippines – For Manny Pacquiao’s safety, boxing promoter Bob Arum will be bringing the Filipino boxer to a Las Vegas clinic which specializes in brain health.

Top Rank Inc. spokesman Fred Sternburg said Pacquiao will be brought to the Lou Ruvo Center of the Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic for further exams in light of claims that the Filipino boxer has been showing signs of Parkinson’s disease.

"They will examine him as a precaution," Sternburg said in ESPN.com

If everything checks out fine, they will begin arranging Pacquiao’s fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.

The Filipino boxer suffered a 6th-round knockout loss to Marquez last December, prompting calls for his retirement.

However, Pacquiao assured his fans that he’s 100% healthy and cleared after two rigorous medical exams.

Strenburg said Top Rank’s next logical move is to forge a fifth clash between Pacquiao and Marquez, given the commercial success of their fourth fight.

"He's indicated he will fight again. Bob (Arum) has indicated (that it would be) September," he said.

"I think they can do it. Bob has stated it over and over. The fight did so well financially, it is a no-brainer," added Sternburg.

Marquez's representative, Fernando Beltran, said they are willing to give Pacquiao a fifth fight as courtesy to the Filipino boxer.

"Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity (fourth fight), and he didn't have to, and most probably we will give it to him."

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