Manny Pacquiao Thinks Salt Water Cured His Shoulder (Or He’s Lying)

(pictured: miracle sauce)

Manny Pacquiao has always been a little on the daffy, superstitious side of things. This one takes the cake, or it’s something more insidious.

That shoulder that was said to be injured before the Floyd Mayweather fight? It’s all good now, because miracles.

“I’m fine. It’s God’s work. 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.”

So the two options are this: Pacquiao isn’t healed, and he just believes in voodoo with all his heart; or he was never injured, and this is the cover-up. It’s hard to say which it is. This story is too damn weird for either option to be plausible. There’s daffy and then there’s having the intelligence of a vegetable, which is what it would take for Pacquiao to really think salt water heals torn rotator cuffs. Pacquiao has never seemed quite that dumb. As far as cover-ups go, this one is fairly conspicuous. If he was never injured and he was not going to fight until early next year anyway (maybe against Amir Khan) why not just say you went to rehab and you’re all better now?

The third option is that salt water really did heal him. There’s a thing called a “salt water cure” in feng shui, which removes negative energy. Also there’s this phrase from Karen Blixen that has been turned into a poem. Rarely have poems = science fact, but here you go.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.