Some might describe Manny Pacquiao's rehabilitation from his torn rotator cuff as a bit unorthodox. After all, the boxer claims that God and salt water have healed his shoulder.
“I’m fine. It’s God’s work,” Pacquiao said of his recovery to Joaquin Henson of the Philippine Star last week (via Mike Coppinger of BoxingJunkie.com). “I never saw a doctor. I never did rehab. All I did was to swim in the sea as often as I could. The salt water healed my wound.”
Pacquiao, 36, has been recovering after having surgery on the rotator cuff in Los Angeles by surgeon Neal ElAttrache. Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, did note the boxer was doing the shoulder exercises he was prescribed after the procedure and that he was scheduled to see his surgeon again in a month, so the salt water may not be doing all of the heavy lifting in his recovery.
While Pacquiao's next opponent remains up in the air, the real bout of intrigue is a potential rematch against Floyd Mayweather, who next fights Andre Berto in September. The Pacquiao camp, at least, is already hyping up the possibility of that fight.
"No shoulder injury and Manny beats him," Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, told Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail. Powell also noted that "Pacquiao keeps watching the video of the first fight and saying: 'I still believe I won.'"
Pacquiao is certainly in the minority on that front, but a rematch against Mayweather would again be lucrative and would offer Mayweather the chance to reach 50-0 for his career, surpassing Rocky Marciano's 49-0 mark (assuming he beats Berto). Those factors alone could cause Mayweather to reconsider retiring after the Berto fight and give Pacquiao a reason to continue his rehabilitation in earnest.