Manny Pacquiao is now facing a class action lawsuit by boxing fans, because he lost to Floyd Mayweather in the so-called ‘biggest fight of the century.’
According to court documents filed in Nevada ‘on behalf of all persons who purchased tickets; purchased the pay-per-view event; or who wagered money on the event’ by Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran, Pacquiao cheated boxing fans by not disclosing to the public and relevant authorities that he had been ‘seriously injured’ before the fight. Pacquiao had a reported shoulder injury.
The lawsuit targets not only Pacquiao, but the fight promoters Top Rank, Bob Arum, Michael Koncz and others, accusing them of consumer fraud. The plaintiffs are seeking at least $5 million in damages.
This lawsuit was filed hours after the Nevada Athletics Commission accused the boxer of not declaring the injury in a pre-fight questionnaire. According to the commission, Pacquiao displayed dishonesty by not filling the questionnaire, even though he was ‘not obligated’ to disclose his injury.
Pacquiao had blamed his loss to Mayweather on the shoulder injury, but maintained that he was transparent about the whole thing. In a statement by his promoter Top Rank, his camp said the U.S Anti-Doping Agency was notified about the injury, adding, ‘This was disappointing since Team Pacquiao had disclosed the injury and treatment to Usada, who approved the treatments and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight medical form.’