Manny Pacquiao has been hospitalised because of a “mild ulcer”.
Every boxing fan will hope it’s not serious, but there are likely to be questions about the cause.
Is it stress-related as a result of his new political career? Or over negotiations for a possible fight against Floyd Mayweather?
The irony is, according to a book on trivia I read recently, ulcers aren’t caused by stress, but by a bacteria (I’m not a doctor, so don’t quote me).
Whatever the reason, hopefully it’s not going to be a factor should he finally agree to a fight against Pretty Boy.
Getting Manny Pacquiao to agree to Olympic-style dope testing is like tapping blood from a stone.
The great Filiipino boxer has relaxed his stance and is now prepared to give blood up to 14 days before a super-bout against Floyd Mayweather.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mayweather rejects this offer.
Pacquiao must understand that there are no half-measures when it comes to anti-doping. Having blood taken WILL NOT weaken him before a fight. All he needs to do is ask some of the Philippines athletes who competed at the Beijing Olympics.
Don’t get me wrong – I really hope the fight comes off, but I believe Pacquiao needs to accept the dope testing requirements in their entirety.
It’s the same for Olympic stars Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, and you don’t hear them complaining!
Come on, Pacman, you’re the only man who can come close to ending Mayweather’s unbeaten record.