Manny Pacquiao being sued for failure to disclose injury ahead of Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight
The “fight of the century” may be over, but the drama surrounding Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s faceoff continues. Two Nevada individuals filed suit Tuesday against Pacquiao for failing to disclose a shoulder injury he sustained before fighting Mayweather in Las Vegas on May 2.
The suit alleges that Pacquiao defrauded ticket buyers, television viewers, and gamblers by not declaring the injury on a pre-flight questionnaire, according to the BBC. The 37-year-old fighter said the injury influenced his loss to Mayweather, as it prevented him from being able to use his right hand properly.
Pacquiao and his promoter Top Rank Boxing released a statement Tuesday, saying Tema Pacquiao had actually disclosed the injury and treatment to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. “His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in training camp,” Pacquiao’s camp says in the statement. “However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best.”
If Pacquiao is found guilty, he could be jailed for one to four years and receive a fine of up to $5,000.