Following his loss last Saturday, Manny Pacquiao has been hit with a series of class-action lawsuits in relation to an undisclosed injury.
After the much-hyped bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., it was revealed that Pacquaio fought with an injured shoulder. That injury led to Pacquaio having surgery on the ailing shoulder on Wednesday which will keep out of action for nearly a year.
The fight was a record-setting and historic match that was watched globally. Hundreds of millions of dollars poured in from all corners of the world. Now, there are several individuals who are looking to recoup some of that money. Feeling duped by a fight that involved an undisclosed injury, those who filed the lawsuits are doing so on behalf of millions of others.
Originally, there was a lawsuit filed in federal court in Las Vegas by two plaintiffs. They are seeking compensation on behalf of those who watched on pay-per-view, bought tickets or even gambled on the match. Since then, there have been similar lawsuits filed in Texas, California, and locally in Florida.
The most recent lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Spencer and Brigette Barker along with Slimm Nightclubs are named as plaintiffs against both Pacquiao and Mayweather's promotion companies. Much like previous lawsuits, this one seeks compensation for pay-per-viewers, gamblers and those who attended the event.
According to Pacquiao's camp, the original injury to his shoulder occurred about four weeks before the fight. Despite that injury being seemingly in check, the boxer asked for pain-killers prior to the bout which was denied. During the fight, Pacquiao claims he re-injured the shoulder while landing a punch.
Prior to the bout, Pacquiao's team checked off "no" on an official form which asked if any shoulder injury was present. This form was a state form and the Nevada Athletic Commission could seek penalties against Pacquiao going forward. Fabricating or not disclosing information on injuries puts the well-being of the fighter in danger.
Mayweather said that once Pacquiao's shoulder heals, he would be open to the idea of another fight between the two.