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Speculation about boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s health and future ran abound after a prominent doctor in Pacquiao’s native Phillipines said he believes the boxer is showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease.
According to a report from
Forbes, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, a neurologist and President of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said in a radio interview that Pacquiao’s movements is cause for concern.
“It’s just another view, my personal view – but it seems like there are early signs. There are some movements that you will notice with his hands,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez has never examined Pacquiao in person.
The interview has been picked up by media outlets around the world and has led to widespread speculation about the international boxing star’s future.
According to a report in DigitalJournal.com, Pacquiao issued a response statement while vacationing with his family in Israel.
"The statements by the doctors show a total lack of ethics and it was irresponsible. This was just personal opinion and there were no medical tests," Pacquiao said in a press release.
Since his fight last month in which he was knocked out and unresponsive for a time, Pacquiao’s wife and children said in interviews that they are urging him to retire from boxing.
Despite this, there are reports that Pacquiao is already planning for a return to the ring sometime this year.