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Manny Pacuiao, Filipino pugilist and congressman, may be putting himself in danger by continuing his boxing career.
According to ABS-CBNnews.com reports, doctors in the Phillipines have raised concerns about the 34-year-old boxer's health after his knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez took place last month.
Dr. Rustico Jimenez is a medical professional who has not officially examined Pacquiao, but he says that the fighter seems to have been affected in interviews since his last fight.
"Even though his reflexes are quick, I noticed the movement -- it's just another view, my personal view -- but it seems like there are early signs," Jimenez said on ABS-CBNnews.com of the possibility that Pacquiao could be showing early signs of Parkinson's disease. "There are some movements that you will notice with his hands. It's in the hands, and not the head, where you can easily see this. It twitches a little bit. Although I haven't seen it up close, I think I am seeing that there are some signs."
Dr. Raquel Fortun, another medical professional who does not claim to have examined Pacquiao himself, shared in Jimenez' sentiments. He spoke about the danger of Pacquiao's most recent knockout.
"When the brain gets shook like that, it's very dangerous. Since it's not truly fixed to you skull, when your brain gets shaken, there are connections that get cut off, and you get small hemorrhages," Fortun said in the ABS-CBNnews.com report.
According to Fortun, it seems that Pacquiao may have suffered a slight seizure after suffering a blow to the head by Marquez that left him unconscious.
Pacquiao's former rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr., even commented about his concern for the Filipino pugilist who has been fighting since 1995 after his most recent knockout.
"I really feel bad for him. There's a difference in the ways you can get knocked out," Mayweather revealed to FightHype last month when asked about Pacquiao. "See, when a guy gets knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, they rub his back, he go home and ice himself, you know, he go to the hospital and get checked out and he's okay, that's one thing. But when you gotta wake a guy up with smelling salt and he got a concussion and he gotta go to the hospital over night, that's crucial. I mean, that's close to death."