Following the revelation that Manny Pacquiao had a shoulder injury he didn't disclose before his fight against Floyd Mayweather and will require surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, per Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the boxer.
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Pacquiao Facing Class-Action Lawsuit, Other Legal Ramifications
Tuesday, May 5
Darren Rovell of ESPN noted more on the reported lawsuit:
The potential class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran who live in Clark County.
According to the suit, the plaintiffs relied on misrepresentations and non-disclosures when purchasing tickets or pay per view showings and wagering on the Mayweather - Pacquiao fight. They are seeking as much as $5 million in damages.
The people filing this lawsuit could actually have legal recourse, as Pacquiao may have lied on a Nevada Athletic Commission questionnaire before the fight. The Associated Press (via ESPN.com) has more:
Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said Monday that the state attorney general's office will look at why Pacquiao checked "no" a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking whether he had a shoulder injury.
"We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances," Aguilar said. "At some point we will have some discussion. As a licensee of the commission you want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information."
The issue for Pacquiao and his adviser, Michael Koncz, is that by signing the document, they "hereby swear, under penalty of perjury, that the above information is true and correct" to the best of their knowledge, per The Telegraph.
John Walters of Newsweek weighed in on the news of Pacquiao's shoulder injury:
The basis for the lawsuit, then, will likely be that by failing to disclose his injury and lying on a legal document before fighting in an incredibly lucrative boxing match, Pacquiao committed a form of fraud. Whether that holds in court—and whether he is ever tried for perjury or punished in any way for this disclosure—remains to be seen.
It would seem that the loss to Mayweather and Pacquiao's shoulder injury are currently the least of his concerns.