More than bruises: What injuries can boxers sustain?

MANILA, Philippines – The battle between great boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2 (Sunday, May 3 in Manila) has been a very tough battle.

With both boxers spending at least two decades mastering the sport, the two has found each other a difficult opponent. 

Just like any other boxers, both Pacquiao and Mayweather may have incurred injuries due to well-practiced hard punches that each of them delivered.

Rappler looks at some of the injuries that boxers are vulnerable to in fights.


Hard punches could even become very lethal for boxers.

Boxers’ deaths due to the sport are not uncommon. A study in 2010 revealed that there has been an average of ten boxing deaths per year since 1900, with 80% due to head and neck injuries.

Just last March, 23-year old Australian boxer Braydon Smith died two days after losing consciousness after his first professional defeat in a bout with Philippine boxer John Moralde.

In the same month, 2000 Olympic super-heavyweight champion Audley Harris announced that he was retiring from boxing after he had discovered that his 38-fight professional career had left him with traumatic brain injuries, vision problems and severe mood swings. –

SOURCES: Summit PhysioMen's HealthPhysio RoomPhysio Works, various news websites

Photos of laceration, eye injury, trigger fingerpatellofemoral pain syndrome and brain trauma from Shutterstock. Photos of boxer's fracture, carpal bossing, shoulder dislocation and kidney failure from Wikimedia Commons

Alexandra Bichara is a Rappler intern.