Boxer Manny Pacquiao will be out 9-12 months recovering from a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Surgery awaits Pacquiao, and his next fight may not be in the ring, but a courtroom.
A class-action lawsuit was filed on the behalf of two Las Vegas residents on Tuesday, according to ESPN. The suit is seeking $5 million from Pacquiao for concealing his injury before his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather.
“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.”
Pay-per-view revenue could be as much as $300 million. Ticket revenue could top $70 million.
“The allegations in this lawsuit are demonstrably false,” Top Rank (Pacquiao’s promotional company) attorney Daniel Petrocelli said. “There are documents that explicitly show the medications that Manny was using to treat his shoulder and it was fully disclosed with USADA, which we contracted for this fight.”
Pacquiao lost to Mayweather by unanimous decision on Saturday night.