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Pacquiao To Have Eyes Checked

Pacquiao To Have Eyes Checked
The ‘people’s champ’ Manny Pacquiao gets a warm embrace from his eldest son Jimuel inside the dressing room following his welterweight championship boxing match with Cuban Yordenis Ugás on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 (Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 in the Philippines), in Las Vegas. Photo from MP Promotions

LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao will have his eyes checked and looked into by a specialist here Monday, Aug. 23 (Tuesday, Aug. 24 in the Philippines), or two days after his stinging loss to Cuban WBA (super) welterweight champion Yordenis Ugás in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao fought the taller and bigger Ugás for 12 rounds. Because of cramps on both legs, he had great difficulty with his movement inside the ring, and couldn’t adjust to the Cuban’s fighting style.

The fighting senator dropped a unanimous decision and got off the ring with welts all over his face, a cut over his left eye and another one under the right.

There was heavier swelling in his right eye, a result of Ugás’ stiff left jabs. Pacquiao showed up for the post-fight press conference wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes.

“He woke up today with his right eye shut. Hindi niya maidilat,” said lawyer Tom Falgui, who is always around the 42-year-old boxing icon.

“It could be a corneal abrasion,” he added without saying if Pacquiao will have to visit the hospital or have an ophthalmologist check on him in his residence here in Larchmont Park.

Pacquiao, according to his legal adviser, needed five stitches in his left eye, but not on the cut under his right eye, which only required liquid glue to close.

When Pacquiao fought and defeated American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas in 2019, he experienced blurry vision in his left eye.

It was during the post-fight press conference when Pacquiao experienced discomfort with his eye, and he was seen using a face towel to wipe it off. He left the press conference ahead.

Trainer Freddie Roach then said it could have been the eye reacting or being allergic to the Vaseline that was used on his face during the fight. The blur was gone after a couple of days.

“He was having problems seeing at the press conference and I think that he said he has or he might be allergic to Vaseline or something,” Roach told Filipino reporters then.

Team Pacquiao drove back to Los Angeles from Las Vegas Sunday afternoon, Aug. 22.