Pacquiao camp says $5M suit “frivolous”, will be junked
A lawyer of Top Rank is confident of knocking out the $5 million lawsuit filed by two Las Vegas residents seeking more than $5 million from Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and his group for concealing his injury before his fight against American boxer Floyd Mayweather.
“The allegations in this lawsuit are demonstrably false,” said Top Rank lawyer Daniel Petrocelli in a report by ESPN. “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.”
Petrocelli said it was “immaterial” that the public was not aware of Pacquiao’s “original” injury as he was declared fit to go by doctors in the pre-fight exams. Pacquiao is claiming that he re-injured his shoulder during the fight.
“This is a frivolous lawsuit and we are confident it will be dismissed,” Petrocelli said.
Top Rank is Bob Arum’s promotional company which handles all of Pacquiao’s fight. It was named in the Pacquiao lawsuit including Pacquaio’s manager Michael Koncz.
The plaintiffs argued that: “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) know that such injury would severely affect his performance.”
The plaintiffs are accusing Pacquiao’s camp of screwing ticket buyers, television viewers and gamblers by failing to disclose his injury in a pre-fight questionnaire which asked
In a report by the BBC, the Nevada Athletic Commission said that Team Pacquiao camp was not obliged to disclose the injury but they should have been more honest in the questionnaire.
It was Pacquiao himself who revealed the shoulder injury shortly after losing the fight by unanimous decision. Pacquiao claimed this affected his use of his right hand in the fight.
Team Pacquiao is claiming that they informed the NAC of the injury during fight night and they even asked that pain killers sanctioned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency be administered before the fight. The NAC disallowed Pacquiao’s use of a painkiller.