JUST three days after Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated what we now know was an injured Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the so-called Fight of the Century, both fighters are facing lawsuits.
Two men who watched the fight filed a class-action suit on Tuesday against Pacquiao and his promoter Top Rank, alleging Pacquiao and his handlers failed to disclose the fighter’s shoulder injury ahead of the fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas against Mayweather.
The plaintiffs, Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran, are seeking $5 million on behalf of themselves and more than 100 other ticketholders.
According to CNBC, legal representatives for Vanel and Rahbaran said the summons were issued on Tuesday, and they will be served within the next couple of days.
Others listed as defendants in the lawsuit include Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz, Top Rank President Todd du Boef and Top Rank Founder and Chairman Bob Arum.
Top Rank’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, told the Los Angeles Times he intends to file a motion to dismiss what he described as a “frivolous” case.
Calls to Petrocelli and Koncz were not immediately returned on Tuesday night.
The fight will end up being the richest in the history of boxing, with as much as $400 million or more in revenue.
Mayweather was also sued on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by his ex-girlfriend and the mother of three of his children, Josie Harris, it was reported by CNN.
Harris sued Mayweather for $20 million for defamation, claiming that Mayweather lied during an interview with Katie Couric in April. During that interview, he called her a drug abuser while discussing the 2010 domestic-violence incident which ended up with Mayweather going to jail for two months.
“Mayweather knowingly and maliciously lied about his beating of Harris, disclaiming any responsibility for the attack and Harris’s resulting serious injuries,” the suit reads. “Instead, Mayweather pointed his finger at Harris, labeling her as a drug abuser and an aggressor who the world-class boxer had to ‘restrain.’”
By Bob Velin / USA Today