Arum: Parkinson's claim on Pacquiao 'ludicrous'

Posted at 01/11/13 9:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing promoter Bob Arum has branded as ridiculous the claim that Manny Pacquiao is exhibiting signs of Parkinson's disease.

Arum said that the medical assessments were made even without personally examining the former boxing champion.

Arum said the long-range assessments made by neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez and forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun are “ludicrous.”

"They based it on eyeballing," the Top Rank Inc. CEO said in RingTV. "It's ludicrous."

Jimenez, President of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, earlier said that Pacquiao was showing symptoms of Parkinson’s following the boxer’s sixth round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.

Although he has not personally checked Pacquiao, Jimenez said the boxer’s hand twitches during television interviews should be a cause for concern.

Fortun, for her part, is unconvinced with the CT scan results declaring Pacquiao 100% fit.

She said severe head trauma could lead to Alzheimer’s disease or a form of dementia.

Although Arum disagreed with the statements of Jimenez and Fortun, he promised to convince Pacquiao to undergo further examinations before working out for a fifth fight against Marquez.

"When I talk to Manny, I'll recommend that he gets a thorough check-up at the Lou Ruvo Clinic's brain center," he said.

"They're the best in the world. My wife is on the board of directors, and I think that for those of us who realize that boxing is just a way-stop for Manny Pacquiao's life and career, that it pays to be over-cautious."

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