LOS ANGELES – This week, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao will go under the knife to have his right shoulder repaired at a clinic outside of the Los Angeles International Airport – the Kerlan Jobe Clinic.
It will be the first time that Pacquiao will have such a surgery, and while some reports said recovery can take up to one year, the “Pacman” is confident it will only take four to six months.
The doctor who is tasked with repairing Pacquiao’s shoulder has a long history of working with high-profile athletes.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Clinic has a waiting room that looks like a Hollywood red carpet.
The son of a Lebanese immigrant, ElAttrache grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, the 55-year-old has been considered as one of the most powerful figures in Los Angeles sports, doing about 500 surgeries a year.
Aside from serving as the team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the orthopedic surgeon is also a consultant for other professional sports team.
He has also worked with football star Tom Brady and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.
With ElAttrache’s long and decorated resume, Pacquiao believes he is in good hands.