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Manny Pacquiao's NAC paperwork doesn't mention injury, adviser says 'wrong box was checked'

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Manny Pacquiao's team claims that the Nevada Athletic Commission was fully aware of his shoulder injury going into his fight with Floyd Mayweather, but the official paperwork tells a different story.

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Following a unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather on May 2nd, in what was dubbed the "Fight of the Century" Manny Pacquiao made a revelation. Before the sweat on the canvas even had time to dry, Pacquiao told the assembled media that he had actually been suffering from  a shoulder injury going into his bout against Mayweather. He also revealed that despite disclosing the injury to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NAC), he had been denied his prescribed treatments of said injury. Treatments, Pacquiao claims, were cleared by the US Anti-Doping Agency during his camp.

That may still be the case, but if so, the paperwork doesn't bear it out. Kevin Iole revealed, via Twitter, Manny Pacquiao's pre-fight medical questionnaire form for the NAC. The form does mention that Pacquiao had been taking Lidocane, Toradol, and several other substances, but fails to disclose any injuries or recent MRI's, both of which Pacquiao's team went on the record to say the NAC knew about.

Obviously those three tweets tell a very conflicting story. It could be that Pacquiao, or his camp, informed the NAC of his treatment in a less formal way, but when it comes down to government regulation, so often the proof is in the paperwork. Pacquiao's camp can claim that they told the NAC of his injury ahead of time, but without the documentation to prove it, it's hard to give those statements a lot of credence.

One of Manny Pacquiao's personal advisers Michael Koncz has admitted the mistake, saying the error was not an attempt to hide the injury, merely a mistake in filling out the paperwork. In a statement to the New York Times, Koncz said, "Number one, Manny didn't check the box," Koncz said. "I checked it. It was just an inadvertent mistake. If I was trying to hide anything, would I have listed all the medications on the sheet that he intended to use? We weren't trying to hide anything. I just don't think I read the questionnaire correctly."

Koncz did spread the blame a bit, citing the the NAC's lack of followup on the medication as a flaw in their own process:

"But I think part of the responsibility also lies with the commission. Wouldn't you ask a question about all these medications (on the questionnaire)? The bottom line is that we weren't trying to hide anything. If we had wanted to, we could have done the injection at the hotel before the fight and nobody would have known but we didn't want to hide anything."

While it does appear true that Pacquiao's camp made no attempt to hide the fact of the injury or it's treatment from the NAC on the day, it's a pretty huge technical oversight for an event with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.