Manny Pacquiao and his team have been sued by two fans for failing to disclose a serious shoulder injury prior to the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3rd.
The fans filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao and his camp.
After losing to Floyd Mayweather by unanimous decision, Manny Pacquiao’s camp said the fighter was trying to compete despite a severe shoulder injury.
The severity of Manny Pacquiao’s injury seemed to be confirmed when it was reported on May 4th he would undergo surgery to repair a tear in his shoulder.
However, what doesn’t add up is that Manny Pacquiao’s team, namely adviser Michael Koncz, checked “no” on a box from the commission asking whether sportsman had a shoulder injury.
“Number one, Manny didn’t check the box,” Michael Koncz told the New York Daily News.
“I checked it. It was just an inadvertent mistake. If I was trying to hide anything, would I have listed all the medications on the sheet that he intended to use? We weren’t trying to hide anything. I just don’t think I read the questionnaire correctly.”
Manny Pacquiao is now facing possible sanctions from the Nevada commission over his failure to disclose the injury. And that brings us back to the fan class action suit.
The fans filed suit against Manny Pacquiao, Michael Koncz, and Pacquiao’s promoter Top Rank for hiding the injury and not disclosing it, letting Pacquiao carry on with the fight as damaged goods.
“Defendants prior to and at the time the plaintiffs and the class decided to purchase tickets; purchase pay per view showings or wagered on the event the defendants knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff,” the lawsuit reads via ESPN.
“Defendants further know that such injury would severely affect his performance.”
A Top Rank attorney says the claims are false, explaining that on his medical form for the commission Michael Koncz listed all the medications Manny Pacquiao required.