In what could be adding insult to literal injury, Manny Pacquiao could be facing disciplinary action from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as the Nevada attorney general's office will reportedly be investigating the fighter's failure to disclose his shoulder injury prior to his loss to Floyd Mayweather.
"Disclosure is a big thing for us, and honesty," Cisco Aguilar, the Nevada Athletic Commission chairman told the Daily News Monday. "The commission at some point will have to discuss (Pacquiao's medical questionnaire). I've got to run through the process with the (Nevada) Attorney General (Adam Laxalt). But they do sign that document under the penalty of perjury."
Travis Tygart, the CEO of USADA, said that Pacquiao's team let him down in this instance:
"If you're a caring person and Manny actually had an injury, while it has nothing to do with anti-doping, his camp let him down by inaccurately filling out the paperwork for the Nevada Commission in violation of its rules. He didn't get the medication that he otherwise could have used. You feel sorry that his team let him down the way that they did. His team either committed an egregious mistake, or their gamesmanship by not disclosing something that could give the opponent a tactical advantage — a shoulder injury — came back to bite them.
"Or they were worried the fight was going to get cancelled because of the injury, and they weren't going to get paid. These guys know better."
Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz says he's taking "full responsibility" for not checking the box that would have indicated to the commission that Pacquiao had a shoulder injury. The medications Manny wanted to use were listed, and Koncz said it is a case of misreading the questionnaire.
So this just keeps looking worse and worse overall. Either Manny Pacquiao put this in the hands of someone who managed to misunderstand a vital questionnaire, or the Pacquiao team is trying to cover themselves here. Either way, it seems pretty obvious that someone on the Pacquiao/Top Rank side really screwed this up, whatever it was. If it's incompetence, there's no excusing it. If it's something else, then I guess you'd say it's par for the course in boxing.
Pacquiao will be undergoing shoulder surgery, which will sideline him for 9-12 months.