Manny Pacquiao Faces Charges for ‘Screwing’ Gamblers and Viewers

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is facing charges filed Tuesday in Las Vegas federal court, which seeks damages for “screwing” gamblers and viewers of last Saturday’s “fight of the century” which had his opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr. winning by unanimous decision of the judges. The lawsuit named the Filipino boxer for his failure to disclose injuries before the welterweight championship battle took place. The suit seeks $5 million in damages.

The lawsuit claims that Manny Pacquiao screwed the fans, gamblers and those who bought pay-per-view out of serious money by not declaring an injury of his shoulder before his fight with American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. It also has the boxer’s promoter Bob Arum, his firm Top Rank Inc., Top Rank President Todd Duboef and advisor Michael Konz. It is said they broke the laws of Nevada for failing to disclose the fighter’s injury before the match to the Nevada Athletic Commission. On the disclosure form made on the night before the main event, they checked “no” on the questionnaire that asked if he had a shoulder injury.

Las Vegas Attorney Brandon McDonald alleges conspiracy and fraud. He filed the class-action suit seeking $5 million plus in damages, which is said to be exclusive of costs and interest. There are two plaintiffs, named Kami Rahbaran and Staphane Vanel, residents of Clark Country Nevada who either bought tickets of the fight or paid a hundred dollars to watch the match on cable TV.

The suit said that all members of the class relied on the non-disclosures and misrepresentations in buying tickets, paying pay-per-view showings and making wagers on the event. Generally, McDonald says the case is in behalf of those who bought tickets, paid pay-per-view, or who wagered money for the said “most lucrative fight in the history of boxing.” Prior to the Pacquaio-Mayweather boxing match, it was reported that about three million people in the U.S. were prepared to pay pay-per-view at $100, which already totals $300 million owed to domestic viewers.

While Manny Pacquiao faces charges for “screwing” boxing fans, gamblers and viewers, he could also face disciplinary action, such as a suspension or a fine from the Nevada boxing officials. Chairman Francisco Aguilar of the Nevada Athletic Commission said Monday that the office of the state attorney general will investigate why Pacquiao answered “no” to the questionnaire which asked if he has a shoulder injury.

TMZ Sports has obtained the suit filed in the Nevada federal court, where Rahbaran and Vanel serve as representatives for those who have spent money for the May 2 boxing bout. The New York has this brief on print on the paper’s page 11 May 5, 2015 edition, under the headline “Sports Briefing | Boxing; Pacquiao May Face Discipline.“

On latest developments on the Manny Pacquiao facing charges in Las Vegas, for “screwing” gamblers and viewers, TMZ Sports found that a group of “pissed off” boxing fans are coming out in a second class action lawsuit filed against Manny Pacquiao in Los Angeles. The suit is similar to the one filed in Nevada, but the plaintiffs include Mike Tyson, who called the fight “Dud of the Century.” The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles is likewise looking for at least $5 million.

By Judith Aparri

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The New York Times

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