Ticket holders sue Manny; ex-wife sues Floyd
ASSOCIATED PRESS — The Fight of the Century is over, but the action is finally getting started.
The two boxers look like they are heading from the ring to court, albeit for two different reasons, that may detract from the big payday.
Fans seem peeved for a number of reasons: the fight was boring, Pacquiao had an injured shoulder and kept it a secret, Mayweather ran, and many people in the United States paid $100 to watch a cardio-workout while others paid nothing.
People are also displeased because not much happened in the ring, but both boxers are getting a serious amount of coin. Some media broke it down by the millisecond, but think of it this way; Pacquiao raked in about $1.4 million per punch landed.
Or check this out, Mayweather made more loitering around the ring at the beginning of each round than most people pay for a house. After the bout, he showed ESPN a check; its amount rivaling any sum ever paid by Powerball.
Fans Want Refunds
Two men who live in Las Vegas feel ripped off, and they think there are thousands of others who feel the same way. So, Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran filed a class-action suit Tuesday against Pacquaio and his promoter seeking $5 million. The plaintiffs say in the court filing that the legal action is brought on behalf of people who bought a ticket for the bout, purchased it on pay-per-view or made a (legal) bet on the match.
Pacquiao, his advisers and Top Rank Boxing should have disclosed the shoulder injury before the bout, the lawsuit says.
A Top Rank lawyer told ESPN the suit is a crock of you-know-what.
“The allegations in this lawsuit are demonstrably false,” Daniel Petrocelli told the network.
The Pacquiao team said Monday that the fighter was injured during training. His shoulder was feeling better, but needed additional treatment.
Nevada boxing officials denied them the chance to give Pacquiao a shot on the night of the fight. That’s because on a medical questionnaire someone from Pacquiao’s camp checked “No” when asked if the fighter had a shoulder injury that required any kind of evaluation.
The lawsuit alleges fraudulent concealment, consumer fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, because the injury was not fully disclosed until well after the fight.
Pacquaio’s Lawyers ‘Busy’
There was a second suit, this one filed Tuesday in California by two people who purchased the pay-per-view. Heather McDonald and Payman Shanin gave the same reason for their legal action and also seek $5 million.
“Having had knowledge of defendant Pacquiao’s injury and its severity prior to the bout, plaintiffs would not have purchased the […] pay-per-view or would have paid less for it,” the suit claims.
Mayweather also was sued Tuesday. The suit was brought by the mother of three of his children, who alleges he lied about her during one of his interviews in the buildup to Saturday’s match with Pacquiao. Mayweather told Katie Couric that Josie Harris was on drugs during an incident that led to him spending two months in jail for domestic violence.
Just think, we might not have to pay to watch the fighters duke it out in court.
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