Manny Pacquiao had a big night on Saturday, easily defeating Adrien Broner in a 12-round decision at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas that he hoped would lead him to a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.But Sunday morning, Pacquiao was hit by a potentially-devastating 1-2 punch. He discovered he had suffered an injury to his left eye in the bout that caused him to tell friends he had lost some vision in the eye. And before he returned to his home in Los Angeles, LAPD officers called to tell him his house had been burglarized while he was in Las Vegas.
According to a member of Pacquiao’s camp who requested anonymity, the 40-year-old welterweight champ stayed up all night after the Broner bout playing chess, but complained of pain and vision loss in his left eye on Sunday morning. “He told me it was like covering one eye with his hand,’’ the source said.
Pacquiao was scheduled to fly home to the Philippines on Monday to be examined by an eye specialist. According to the first camp source, the fear is that Pacquiao may have suffered a detached retina, an injury that would likely derail a proposed July rematch with Mayweather and could potentially end his career.
Another camp member told the Daily News the injury was relatively minor, a corneal scratch from the tape on one of Broner’s gloves, an injury Pacquiao has suffered in previous fights.
Broner, who won just three of the 12 rounds on one scorecard and four on the other two, landed several sharp counter right hands to Pacquiao’s left eye in the fourth round. Pacquiao left the ring after the bout with swelling below his left eye and attended the post-fight news conference in dark glasses.
Pacquiao had hoped his victory, the 67th of his 24-year career against seven losses and two draws, would lead to a second shot at Mayweather, to whom he lost a unanimous decision in 2015. After the bout, Mayweather – who sat at ringside – refused to respond to questions about whether he would fight Pacquiao again.
Meanwhile, police responded to the apparent break-in at Pacquiao’s home in Los Angeles when they noticed the front door open Saturday night. Upon investigation, cops found the home, in which Pacquiao has a vault in which he keeps thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and large amounts of cash, had been ransacked. It was unclear what, if anything, had been taken from the home, which was left empty when Pacquiao and his sizable entourage left for Las Vegas last Monday.
Neither Pacquiao nor his trainer, Freddie Roach, could be reached for comment early Monday morning.