Days after coming up short in his bid to dethrone pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao is facing an entirely different fight, as two fans have filed a class-action lawsuit against the veteran boxer.
According to ESPN, a couple of Las Vegas residents filed suit against "Pac Man" on Tuesday (May 5, 2015), seeking $5 million in damages for failing to disclose his shoulder injury to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), as well as the public, and for violating the Nevada Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
The report provided a snippet of the suit:
Defendants prior to and at the time the plaintiffs and the class decided to purchase tickets; purchase pay per view showings or wagered on the event the defendants knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff. Defendants further know that such injury would severely affect his performance.
According to the suit, the blame falls on Manny's manager, Michael Koncz, as well as Top Rank executives Bob Arum and Todd duBoef for hiding the injury, which clearly affected the Filipino's performance inside the ring, according to Pacquiao himself.
In short, it ruined what should have been the "Fight of the Century" and prevented fans from getting their money's worth (watch full video replay here).
Daniel Petrocelli, attorney for Top Rank, is confident the "frivolous" lawsuit will be dismissed and revealed that his client was examined by doctors prior to the bout and was deemed ready to compete. He also stated that Pacquiao re-injured his shoulder during the bout.
"The allegations in this lawsuit are demonstrably false. There are documents that explicitly show the medications that Manny was using to treat his shoulder and it was fully disclosed with USADA, which we contracted for this fight. This is a frivolous lawsuit and we are confident it will be dismissed."
To add further insult to injury, NSAC officials are investigating Manny as to why he checked "no" on a form asking if he had a shoulder injury prior to the bout; a penalty that could lead to a suspension and monetary fine.
Pacquiao is expected to be out for up to a year due to a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. When he returns, "Money" is more than willing to give him a second shot at
making millions taking his throne.