LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The eye injury Manny Pacquiao suffered in a unanimous-decision win over Adrian Broner is a scratched cornea, and the Filipino ring icon is already on the mend, a spokesman for Pacquiao’s camp said on Monday.
The New York Daily News reported that some in Pacquiao’s camp feared he had suffered a potentially career-threatening detached retina in beating Broner to retain the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” welterweight world title – the lesser of two WBA welterweight belts to that of unbeaten United States “super champion” Keith Thurman.
In fact, the 40-year-old fighter had already shed his eye patch and was feeling fit enough to attend Monday night’s National Basketball Association (NBA) game between the reigning champion Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
But the eye injury – possibly caused by loose tape on Broner’s gloves – wasn’t the only bad news for Pacquiao in an otherwise productive weekend.
A Los Angeles home owned by Pacquiao was burgled while he was in Las Vegas, sources said, but it wasn’t immediately clear what was taken.