Straight from Israel where he is vacationing with his family, Manny Pacquiao assured everyone yesterday that he is fine amid news reports that came out that he is showing early signs of Parkinson's Disease.
"I am doing good. God is good," Pacquiao told the Bulletin, sounding surprised but amused when told about an observation that a Filipino doctor made based on the fighter's television interviews.
But Dr. Rustico Jimenez clarified that he hasn't actually examined or even seen Pacquiao up close but noticed twitching movements during the boxer's recent TV interviews, which he said are indications of the disease.
Concerns over Pacquiao's health began to snowball following his sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas and a number of his fans here and abroad want him to hang up his gloves.
But Pacquiao, who turned 34 nine days after the Marquez defeat, said that while he appreciates their show of concern over his well-being, the future Hall of Famer swore he will not wait for signs to appear before he announces his retirement.
"I will be the one to say that I will retire from boxing because I am the one who knows and feels what my body is telling me," said Pacquiao, who will be back in the country either Monday or Tuesday from the Holy Land.