Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao now has legal worries in addition to his shoulder injury after his “Fight of the Century” bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the US District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada against Manny Pacquiao, Top Rank Inc., Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz and Top Rank president Todd Duboef.
Sports Illustrated reported the lawsuit is seeking $5 million in damages “for alleged failure to disclose an injury sustained by Pacquiao before Saturday’s world unification welterweight championship bout.”
SI said the lawsuit was brought to court by Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran, who are identified as residents of Clark County, Nevada and purchasers of “tickets and/or the pay per view event” for the fight last Sunday (PHL time).
SI acknowledged that the lawsuit was first reported by KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and that the suit asserts, “All members of the Class relied upon the misrepresentations and the non-disclosures in purchasing tickets; purchasing pay per view showings; and in making wagers on the Event.”
Reuters reported that Top Rank Inc, a promotions company that represents Pacquiao and that was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A report from Agence France-Presse quoted Pacquiao attorney Daniel Petrocelli as telling The Los Angeles Times that he expects the lawsuit to be dismissed.
“It claims Pacquiao was injured (immediately) before the bout and that’s not true — he was injured (nearly a month) before the bout, was examined by doctors and cleared to fight,” Petrocelli was reported to have said. “And he was examined by the commission right before he fought.”
Pacquiao lost the bout via unanimous decision favoring Mayweather. In a post fight press conference, Pacquiao said he injured his shoulder during training and asked for an anti-inflammation shot before the bout. The Nevada Athletic Commission denied his request.
Reuters reported that neither Pacquiao nor his team appeared to have informed the Nevada Athletic Commission about the shoulder issue until a couple hours before the start of the fight when they asked for an anti-inflammatory injection. When Pacquiao’s team filled out its pre-fight medical questionnaire on Friday, a query about any shoulder injury was marked “No” before the form was then signed by Pacquiao and his adviser.
According to SI, “the notion of disciplinary action against Pacquiao gained steam when Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said the Nevada attorney general’s office will investigate why Pacquiao checked “no” on a questionnaire asking whether he had an injury before Friday’s weigh-in.”
“The suit filed Tuesday also acknowledges Pacquiao checked “no” on the form, which was filled out by the boxer, Koncz and others,” SI also reported.
Pacquiao however confirmed Koncz was the one who checked “no” in the pre-fight checklist submitted to the Nevada Athletic Commission.
He added his performance was not so bad. “Maganda naman ang performance ko. Hindi naman ako tumakbo sa ring eh,” he said.
He is also optimistic that his injury will not affect his career.
Koncz, when asked about the checklist, admitted to being the one who answered “no” and pledged to take full responsibility.
(source: GMA News)