Manny Pacquiao, who lost via unanimous decision from his fight against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, May 2, 2015, is now being sued by two boxing fans for not declaring his shoulder injury before the fight. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas this Tuesday by Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran.
According to the lawsuit, the two boxing fans who are both from Clark County, Nevada, said they purchased “tickets and/or the pay per view event” for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Through their lawyer, Vanel and Kami Rahbaran are seeking $5-million damage, excluding the costs and interest.
“Top Rank Inc. was one the promoters of the “Fight of the Century” and failed to disclose the injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission (“NAC”) prior to the fight as is required by Nevada law. The Defendants did not disclose the injury until Saturday night shortly before the fight was to begin.” The lawsuit reads.
“The Defendants further failed to truthfully answer or disclose the information as required on the Nevada Athletic Commission disclosure form that was filled out by Pacquiao and others including Defendant Michael Koncz.” The lawsuit added, noting that the Pacquiao team checked “No” on the NAC questionnaire asking if the Pinoy boxer had a shoulder injury.
The controversy started when Manny Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview that he started feeling his shoulder injury after the third round of the fight. However, he said he decided to continue the fight because he didn’t want to displease the boxing fans who are expecting to see an exciting boxing match.
In an interview, Pacquiao’s business adviser Michael Koncz admitted that he was the one who filled up the NAC questionnaire and that he made a mistake for checking “No” on the shoulder injury question. Nevertheless, he said, “It was just an inadvertent mistake…We weren’t trying to hide anything.”
Meanwhile, NAC Chairman Francisco Aguilar said the commission did not receive any proof of Pacquiao’s shoulder injury not until 6:08pm when the Pinoy boxing champion arrived at his locker room before he fought Mayweather. He said that if he learned it on Friday, an MRI and other testings could have been done to Manny.
On the other hand, Top Rank Promotion lawyer Daniel Petrocelli denied that the Bob Arum and his company did not disclose Pacquiao’s shoulder injury. He said there were documents that showed the medications Manny used in treating his shoulder, and that these documents were shown to USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).
As of posting, Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank Promotion have not yet released an official statement regarding the lawsuit vs Pacquiao. Meanwhile, the Nevada Athletic Commission is set to conduct a thorough investigation. If proven guilty, Pacquiao may be fined or be suspended from boxing.
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